Strathmore B-Lines ~ People & Pollinators in Strathmore

Hoverflies (Syrphus ribesii) © Suzanne Burgess

“Strathmore B-Lines ~ People & Pollinators in Strathmore” is an exciting new Buglife project which aims to restore 20 hectares of grassland and nectar rich habitats.  Increasing the area and quality of pollinator-friendly wildflower habitat across the B-Line,  at 20 sites between Dunkeld and Montrose. 

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Quick Facts:

  • Name of Project:  Strathmore B-Lines ~ People & Pollinators in Strathmore
  • Duration of Project: April 2022 – March 2024
  • Location of Project: Along the Strathmore B-Line from Dunkeld in Perth & Kinross to Montrose in Angus. Other towns/villages that will benefit include Alyth, Blairgowire, Kirriemuir, Brechin.
  • Species benefiting from Project:  Bilberry Bumblebee (Bombus monticola), Small Blue Butterfly (Cupido minimus), Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) and other generalist pollinators
  • Project funded by:  National Lottery Heritage Fund & Gannochy Trust

What will the project do?

The new, two year Buglife B-Lines project will focus on combating the decline of pollinating insects in the Strathmore Valley, from Dunkeld, in Perth & Kinross, to Montrose, in Angus; the towns and villages of Alyth, Blairgowire, Kirriemuir and Brechin will also benefit.

The Strathmore Valley, from Dunkeld to Montrose, currently supports a variety of fragmented pollinator habitats in the foothills of Highland Perthshire and Angus. The Strathmore B-Line crosses some of the most agriculturally intensive land in Scotland.

Through this project we will work with land managers and communities scattered along the B-Line to increase flower-rich habitat for pollinating insects; creating habitat corridors and stepping-stones which will enable them to freely disperse and re-colonise the area and surrounding landscape.

The Strathmore B-Lines project will support the recovery of threatened species including the Bilberry Bumblebee (Bombus monticola), the Near Threatened Small Blue Butterfly (Cupido minimus) and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) whilst helping to restore abundant populations of insects that are essential for pollinating our crops and wildflowers.


 

Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) © S Falk

How can you get involved?

Communities can get involved through a series of opportunities including volunteering, habitat creation events, training workshops and “Get Close to Nature” walks.

Information, advice and support is also available to landowners who would like to know more about the project, how they can be involved and how to improve their land for pollinators.

We will be seeking volunteers to:

  • help out at habitat creation events, including supporting the planning and organising of events.
  • assist with monitoring habitat creation works at sites for progress and
  • monitoring of sites for pollinators.

For more information on how to get involved in our “Strathmore B-Lines ~ People & Pollinators in Strathmore” project please contact Claire Pumfrey (Conservation Officer – Scotland) at [email protected].

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries (Boloria selene) © Scott Shanks

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Strathmore B-Lines ~ People & Pollinators in Strathmore” is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Gannochy Trust

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