Developers urged to help pollinators
To date this blog has tended to be there just to provide me with an opportunity to talk about work I've recently carried out. But with this post I'm trying out a different approach, to highlight something I feel is important and that links in with images I've taken.
Few wildlife issues are more important that the loss of pollinators as without them our future looks bleak, to say the least. And this year I had the opportunity to grab this shot of, what I'm told is, a buff-tailed bumblebee. It seems an ideal illustration to accompany the following press release from Scottish Natural Heritage.
Developers are being encouraged to do more to help butterflies, bees and other pollinators in our towns and cities.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has published new guidance for the planning and construction industry to create a more resilient and nature-rich urban environment.
Pollinators including bees, wasps, moths, butterflies and flies are vital for our biodiversity, but populations face challenges due to changes in land use, habitat loss, diseases, pesticides and climate change.
The new guide offers advice on how best to fit pollinators into urban design and construction with a series of easy to follow steps to suit all project budgets and sizes.
Wildflower meadows, flowering trees, hedgerows, nectar-rich plants and herbs, window boxes, green roofs, living walls and sustainable drainage systems can all help expand the habitats of pollinators.
As well as helping nature, these simple steps create more attractive environments for living, working and travelling, support local authorities in meeting biodiversity priorities and contribute to developers’ corporate social responsibility.
Improving pollinator habitat can also help save money – for example the cost savings from reducing the mowing of parks and road verges.
SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska said: “The recent State of Nature report set out clearly the pressures our biodiversity is under and, like much of our wildlife, pollinators are facing a multitude of challenges.
“Improving our urban greenspace will provide vital habitat and can also help us adapt to and mitigate climate change.
“High-quality developments that protect and enhance our nature are good not just for businesses but importantly for people too, with attractive greenspace in urban areas known to boost our health and wellbeing.
“I’d encourage everyone in the sector to take a look at this guide and consider how they could do more to plan for pollinators and help create a nature-rich future for everyone in Scotland.”
© Phil Pickin
buff tailed bumblebee
buff tailed bumblebee worker
bumble bee on an african lilly
bumblebee and hover fly on a flower
bumblebee feeding on a blue flower
bumblebee on a blue flower
insect feeding on a flower
polinator in the garden
polinator on an aftrican lilly
worker buff tailed bumblebee
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