Pollinator Awareness Week – 13th – 19th July 2015


Next week has been designated Pollinator Awareness Week (PAW) by Defra and there are events and profile-raising activities going on all over the country.

The motivation behind the PAW is (quote) “to bring attention to the essential needs of pollinators and the simple actions that we can all take to help pollinators survive and thrive”.

With that in mind, next week I intend to produce one blog post a day that highlights, with photographs, a pollinator (or group of pollinators) that I’ve found in my own urban garden in Northampton.  The purpose is to illustrate the diversity of pollinators that even a town garden can support, something about their fascinating life histories, and the different ecological requirements of these pollinators that our gardens can provide.  For some of them I’ll even discuss the garden crops that they pollinate.  First post will be on Monday.

If you, or the group you work with, are doing something for Pollinator Awareness Week feel free to share it in the comments section below.

19 thoughts on “Pollinator Awareness Week – 13th – 19th July 2015

  1. solarbeez

    That ought to be fun. If I didn’t have the grandkids next week, I’d be tempted to join you. The pollinators are out in full force this month. I’ve been taking videos like crazy. Yesterday I was able to get an Anna hummingbird pollinating an allium seed head. Today I was able to shoot bees on a sphaerocephalon allium. It was thrilling!

  2. Gill

    Really good idea Jeff, I shall encourage BBCT to also do something each day on bumblebees to. the insect Festival in York last Sunday was brilliant, 1,700 through the door and a really good outside educational event for families. Really enjoyed it. One of the best parts was showing a family Mum, Dad two youngsters, 9/12 a buff tail nest entrance in some bushes. the kids were scared of bees, but I talked them into just standing still and watching the bees come and go, showing that they wouldn’t bother them at all. After 5 minutes of bees whizzing past their heads they really calmed down. later in the day I saw them showing some other children the same thing – made my day.

    1. jeffollerton Post author

      Thanks Gill. I did something similar last week with 85 eight-year-old girls at the university as part of a Women into STEM event. Great to see the girls so enthralled by bees on lavender outside our building!

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  4. Stuart

    I would encourage everyone to see if their Local Nature Partnership (LNP) is doing anything for Pollinator Awareness Week. Here at Wild Anglia (www.wildanglia.org) we are also trying to raise awareness of this important issue. We understand Defra are due to release further details this week of some funding for LNPs to help groups deliver actions from the National Pollinator Strategy, which we’ll put on our website once available. I look forward to reading your posts.

      1. bradlaugh fields visitor

        Sounds very good. Do you think that Northampton Allotments could play a part in the LNP? There is a huge land-resource there, as well as a wide range of the public, some at least of whom could be enthused and encouraged to do more to make allotments more pollinator-friendly. The Northampton Allotments Network meets on a monthly basis, as well as reps from there meeting monthly with NBC and Amey. The “old guard” might need persuading, but the potential seems too great to be disregarded. By the same token, the huge acreage of Northampton Parks could have management enhanced more for wildlife too …

        Speaking of which, how is the “non-mowing” of parts of the Racecourse going? After your inspiring talk at the FoNR AGM I’ve been looking out for the wildflowers being allowed to flourish, but not seen anything yet.

      2. jeffollerton Post author

        Yes, I think allotments can and do play a role. Hoping to apply for some funding later this year to do some work on allotments. Will keep you informed. No word about the Racecourse yet, it’s in the hand of FoNR.

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