Hundreds of hectares of new habitat have been created with mixes developed specifically to attract and benefit pollinating insects and farmland birds.
Results to date include the spotting of one of the UK’s most important crop pollinating bee species, the Andrenanitida, on a farm in Lincolnshire this summer. In the first recorded sighting in the county for over a century, this solitary bee species visited an Operation Pollinator habitat area several times.
Led by Syngenta with support from Kings and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE), the Operation Pollinator project is proving to be popular with both wildlife and growers.
Syngenta’s environmental manager, Belinda Bailey, says: “Farmers have the power to create environments for pollinators to flourish by providing a range of foraging habitats with diverse, rich nectar and pollen nutrition alongside suitable areas for nesting.
“Operation Pollinator’s mixes help growers make a positive contribution to pollinators and support the recovery of bee populations. The initiative has been well received, with growers successfully creating valuable habitat in key locations around their farms.”
Kings manager Richard Barnes says: “The mixes have great potential to provide pollen, nectar and seed to pollinators and farmland birds across several months, so it is important to look after them to ensure they reach that potential.”