Bee ‘railway’ will help save bees in UK

Buglife, a conservation charity in the UK, is building “B-Lines” for bees and other pollinators. B-Lines are routes…

Buglife, a conservation charity in the UK, is building “B-Lines” for bees and other pollinators.

B-Lines are routes for pollinators like bees and butterflies to travel around the UK. They will link habitats and bolster insect populations against the threat of extinction:

The B-Lines are a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns, along which we are restoring and creating a series of wildflower-rich habitat stepping stones. They link existing wildlife areas together, creating a network, like a railway, that will weave across the British landscape. This will provide large areas of brand new habitat benefiting bees and butterflies– but also a host of other wildlife.


Right now, pollinators’ needs aren’t being met, so these routes are essential.

Pollinators need enough wildflowers to gather pollen from. They need healthy habitats where they can have lay eggs or nest, and they need to be able to travel between these habitats. But as Buglife says, in 2020, these kinds of places with enough wildflowers are “too few, too small, and too far apart.”

Only about 3% of England’s wildflower meadows that existed in the 1930s remain today. Major habitat loss means major effects on pollinators. Estimates show that the numbers of some pollinator species are down to about 20% of what they once were.

So, Buglife is hoping to help pollinators by creating new habitats and the routes to link them.

They’ve spent the last six years planning B-Lines across the UK:

At Buglife we have ambitious plans.   We are working with others to restore wildflower-rich areas of our countryside through our B-Lines projects.  Over the past six years we have worked with partners across the UK to map opportunities for creating B-Lines at a county and country scale.  B-Lines mapping is now complete for WalesNorthern Ireland, and England; our Scotland map will also be completed by the end of the year.

map for bees

So, as we move into 2021, Buglife will have pollinator pathways planned and ready for production.

Visit the Buglife website to read about how you can help Buglife turn their planned B-Lines “into rivers of wildflowers.”

Article source: Buglife

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