Take Part In Creating Our B-Lines!
Who can take part?
Everyone! Whether you own a large area of land that you would like to turn into a wildflower meadow or just have a window sill or small patio, you can help us create the B-Lines network. Read our advice below or our B-Lines FAQ to find out how . Look at the relevant downloads and then submit details of your work via the relevant regional submission page.
Whether you’re a landowner, farmer, school, local authority, business , gardener or an individual hoping to make a difference you can help create wildflower habitat in your area.
If you have a large area of farmland or parkland
To create the B-Lines we need large areas of land across the UK to be restored to wildflower-rich grassland. This will help conserve a wide range of insect pollinators and other wildlife, and in turn provide useful pollination services for crops. The fact sheets provide excellent advice on how to restore and create wildflower meadows in an agricultural setting. If you have an agri-environment scheme agreement you may be able to get funding to carry out this work on suitable land.
If you would like to make a difference by enhancing your local community space
Creating a community meadow is a great way to contribute to developing the B-Lines network as well as engaging the local community. Our Community Meadows pack provides practical tips on what to plant, how to plant it and advice on how to fund your project.
Many of the plants used in floral bedding displays often produce no pollen or nectar, or have very complicated flower shapes that block insect access.
There are many alternative plants that can be used which not only look great but are pollinator friendly too. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) provide extensive lists of Garden Plants and Wildflowers that are Perfect for pollinators.
See what Plymouth City Council is doing to help as part of our Plymouth’s Buzzing! project.
Grassland and verge cutting
Constant mowing prevents the growth of wildflowers. Cutting grassy areas fewer times per year to allow wildflowers to grow will provide essential pollen and nectar resources, add a splash of colour to the landscape and could even save precious time and money.
Allowing low growing flowers, such as buttercups, dandelions, clover and self-heal, to bloom in lawns and leaving edges uncut can also make a substantial difference.
If you only have a small area of land in a garden or school grounds
Everyone can do something to develop the B-Lines and help our insect pollinators. If you have a garden or yard try creating a mini meadow, or install a Bee House. However, if your outdoor space is limited you can create a mini meadow in window boxes and/or patio plant pots.
Creating a wildflower meadow area is great for pollinating insects and can create a colourful summer buzz. Nectar rich flowers such as bird’s foot trefoil, red clover and greater knapweed are perfect for pollinators. Bees, flies, wasps, moths and butterflies are just some of the creatures you might find in your mini meadow during the summer. So get sowing!
Not all bees live in a big social hive, some bees live alone. These solitary bees like to nest in hollow plant stems and you can make them a ready-made nesting space in your garden.