B-Lines South East

The South East is of national importance for bees and other pollinating insects due to a large diversity of habitats including expanses of chalk downland, lowland heathland, coastal and floodplain marshes and important ex-industrial (brownfield) habitats. Pollinators are extremely valuable to farmers in the south east due to the region’s major fruit-growing and arable areas.

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South East B-Lines

The region is home to a number of nationally rare and threatened bees and other pollinating insects, including the Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis),  Long-horned bee (Eucera longicornis), Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), Potter Flower Bee (Anthophora retusa) and Phantom Hoverfly (Doros profuges) .

Special areas for our threatened pollinators include the South Downs National Park, the Kent  Downs, Surrey Heaths, the Thames marshes and Dungeness coast, the New Forest and the Chilterns.

Across the South East wildflower-rich habitats have become much smaller, and are becoming increasingly isolated.  Conservation organisations in the South East  are carrying out important work to protect these habitats and our ‘Landscapes for Wild Pollinators and Farm Wildlife Project’ will help expand and reconnect wildflower-rich sites across Sussex and Kent  region, boosting the numbers of pollinating insects in our countryside and helping other wildlife such as bats and farmland birds.  However much more action is needed on the ground  to restore and create valuable habitats and we need more farmers, landowners and organisations to get involved.

Are you on a B-Line?  Check our map and see. At present we have only mapped B-Lines across Kent and  Sussex however we hope to expand the mapped network soon.

Our Landscapes for Wild Pollinators and Farm Wildlife Project is a partnership between Buglife, Natural England, Farmcare Ltd and Ecotricity. Our farm advisor is providing advice on pollinators and pollinator habitats to farmers and land owners across Kent and Sussex. Find out more here.

Take part in creating our B-Lines” and find out more on our B-Lines FAQ.

Everyone who lives, works, owns land or goes to school on a B-Line can help, even if only in a small way.

Look at the project pages and partnership pages, to see some of the activity going on in the South East and look at our map to see where we need to be doing more.

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