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Action plan for pollinators
Pollinators are an essential part of our environment. Honeybees are the main managed pollinator of crops and also provide a crop (honey) themselves.
Wild pollinators, which include bumblebees and butterflies, are also important pollinators for crops like fruit and oil seed rape, for clovers, which help to improve pastures for livestock grazing and wild flowers. They contribute to the diversity of plant species, habitats and wildlife. This provides food, makes Wales a better place for people to enjoy and visit and contributes to our economy.
Why is pollination important
Pollination is a very important service. Twenty percent of the UK cropped area contains crops which are dependent on pollinators. A lot of wild flowering plants also rely on insect pollination for reproduction. The value of pollinators to UK agriculture is over £430 million per year.
What is the problem
The National Ecosystem Assessment carried out in 2011 showed that both managed pollinators (honey bees) and wild pollinators (such as bumblebees and butterflies) have been declining for 30 years. It is likely that this will continue if we don’t act now.
What we are doing
This Action Plan was developed with the public and private sectors. It helps us identify how we might slow and reverse the decline in pollinator numbers.
We have set up a Pollinators Taskforce (external link) to achieve the objectives in our Action Plan for Pollinators. The taskforce brings together organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors in Wales.
Further information on managing farmland for pollinators can be downloaded on a fact sheet from Farming Connect (external link).