Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP) aims to combine improved analyses of long-term records with new systematic survey activity to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain.
We are working with existing recording schemes to improve our understanding of population trend estimates from opportunistic (unstructured) records, and increase their capacity for data flow and record verification.
Two new surveys will be implemented to form a Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS):
1. FIT Count: A simple systematic survey to engage a wider range of volunteers, collecting data on abundance and flower visitation of pollinators to target flower species from a specified list.
2. 1km square surveys: A systematic survey of pollinators and floral resources with a core set of 75 monitoring sites (randomly allocated 1km squares), stratified on cropped and non-cropped land across England, Wales and Scotland. The site network and baseline surveys have been set up by CEH surveyors, and there are now opportunities for volunteer involvement to ‘adopt’ the squares and help carry out the surveys – if you’d like to know more about this please contact email@example.com
Bleddyn Lake, from Friends of the Earth Wales has won the annual Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) ‘Outstanding Leadership’ award which seeks to recognise an individual who has provided outstanding leadership to their organisation or community in pursuit of change.
Bleddyn started working on Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign a few years ago and quickly had success in persuading the Welsh Government to draw up a new Action Plan for Pollinators. As part of this he sits on a Pollinator Taskforce group which was set up to look at all aspects of pollinator health and welfare in Wales.
Bleddyn devised the ‘Bee Friendly’ scheme as a way to engage schools, communities, universities, councils and other public bodies in Wales in a fun way to help protect bees and other pollinators in Wales. To gain Bee Friendly status, all a group has to do is to complete a set of actions to help pollinators from 4 different categories: food, habitat, community involvement and pesticides.
Once accreditation has been granted, the organisation can officially call itself ‘Bee Friendly’ and a network of regionally based volunteer ‘Bee Champions’ has been set up around Wales to help groups get started.
This scheme is the first such national pollinator accreditation scheme of its kind anywhere and is already attracting plenty of interest with many towns, schools and universities already working towards their Bee Friendly status. Some schemes have buzzed in to action very quickly and have already secured their accreditation with Hay on Wye Primary School becoming the first Bee Friendly school in Wales and Swansea becoming the first Bee Friendly University. Conwy Council has led the way amongst Local Authorities and the race is on to become the first Bee Friendly town and city.
“Bee Friendly” is a new initiative aimed at communities and community organisations, schools, public bodies, town and community councils, businesses, universities and colleges, places of worship…….. and many other organisations, all around Wales.
We think it is the first co-ordinated national scheme of its kind and has at its heart – making Wales a Pollinator- Friendly country.
Although the scheme is called Bee Friendly, we want people to take action to help all our pollinators, and not just bees.
A report from the European Food Safety Authority published on 28th Feb 2018 gathers together evidence from over 1500 studies and could be a game-changer for bees.
This landmark science review concludes that neonicotinoid pesticides pose a high risk to both honeybees and wild bees.
For the new assessments, which this time cover wild bees – bumblebees and solitary bees – as well as honeybees, EFSA’s Pesticides Unit carried out an extensive data collection exercise, including a systematic literature review, to gather all the scientific evidence published since the previous evaluations.
BBC videos and information on the importance of bees.
Presented by Chris Packham
The importance of bees
What bees do for us
Pollination and food production
The threats to honey bees
Can bees be replaced?
A set of web links about the effects of insecticides on bees :-
Two new studies add to the mountain of evidence that neonicotinoids are harmful to pollinators (New Scientist)
Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides (The Guardian)
Strongest evidence yet that neonicotinoids are killing bees (New Scientist)
Would we starve without bees? (BBC)
Attack of the bee killers: Documents show Bayer and Syngenta teamed up with farmers to get around bee-friendly regulation (Politico)
Controversial pesticides can decimate honey bees, large study finds (Science)
Farms could slash pesticide use without losses (The Guardian)
Pesticide Lobby Spends Millions To Defend Chemicals Tied To Bee Deaths (Huffington Post)
GWENT WILDLIFE TRUST – CHEPSTOW GROUP
The Plight of the Bumble Bee
Illustrated Talk by Sinead Lynch from the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.
Wed 21 Feb 2018 7.30 pm, Community Rooms, Chepstow Leisure Centre
£3.00 Tea and Coffee 01291 689326
We at Bee Friendly Monmouthshire love doing illustrated talks for community groups, old or young. It’s never too late or too early to start learning about the wonderful possibilities of your garden and the mystical workings of pollinators.
Email us at:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Bee Friendly Monmouthshire awarded two houses in St. Arvans near Chepstow on Tuesday 9th Jan 2018 with Certificates of Recognition for Bee Friendly Gardens. BfM participated in the Gwent Best Kept Village 2017, and during the judging for Most Polli-Friendly Village, found some very wonderful pollinator friendly gardens amongst them.
We wanted to highlight them, and congratulate them. One of the winners commented, “I’ve never received an award for doing nothing before!” and that is what we at BfM want to encourage. We want to encourage more pollinator-friendly people to leave those pesky dandelions, to allow that mischievous ivy to flower, and to leave that haircut for the grass a little longer. 2018 should be the year of the pollinator.
Many congratulations to the winners, and we hope to see more polli-friendly gardens this year.
A study with data from 284 sites across 40 US States has revealed that common fungicides were the strongest factor in the decline of four bumblebee species.
Bees feed on fermented pollen – i.e. bees need yeasts to assist with digestion of pollen – so fungicide would be expected to harm bees. This research links the presence of the fungicide chlorothalonil with the presence of a bee gut pathogen – Nosema bombi.
Chlorothalonil is a widely used fungicide in UK – especially in cereal crops.