Our insects and other invertebrates are in trouble and this is due to a number of factors, but the main reason is the loss of habitat. England has lost an estimated 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows since the second world war. This habitat loss has had a catastrophic effect on butterflies, hoverflies and bees, with numbers of some species estimated to have fallen by 80 per cent. We just aren’t making enough space for the millions of other species that we share our planet with.
We need to restore our countryside and increase the number of wildflower-rich places, and we need to make sure that these areas are large enough to provide everything that pollinators need to thrive. The conservation charity Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates.
Their new initiative named B-lines an online map will create a network of wildflower highways across England to help bees and other pollinators. The map joins the dots between existing wildflower habitats in England and identifies suitable routes between them that could be turned into wildflower corridors for pollinators.
The aim of the B-Lines network is to reverse insect declines and help struggling pollinators. Buglife hopes that organisations and people across England will help to create thousands of hectares of new pollinator-friendly wildflower habitats along the B-Lines. So far They have called on farmers, businesses, public bodies and individuals to plant wildflowers along its B-Lines network in a bid to restore habitats that pollinators depend on.
The initiative will not solve everything concerning decline of bees and other insects, which continue to be impacted by habitat loss, as well as the widespread use of pesticides and climate change but it is a step to bring nature back and bringing communities together.
References Story source: https://www.positive.news/environment…
Buglife and B-lines – https://www.buglife.org.uk/our-work/b…