This report draws together policy and practice from national and London levels, to explore how we can ensure pollinator can thrive in London. It looks at how we can manage and improve land use in the capital to address issues as diverse as health, conservation, pollution and environmental management; and how these could contribute to helping to create a more colourful city in which both people and pollinators can thrive.
Existing opportunities for making significant progress are highlighted in the report, as well as areas in need of more action. The report asks; how do we best monitor pollinator populations and record a baseline from which increases or declines can be measured? Noting the recent surge in the number of managed colonies of bees, we explore how we can tackle the potential challenges this may present, whilst making the most of the informed and engaged community of beekeepers.
We focus in on the different land uses of the city and ask how we can protect beneficial habitats that already exist and enhance those that are currently under-utilised. We explore the potential to create new habitat and finally, acknowledging the need for a landscape-scale approach to conservation, we explore what approaches should be undertaken to ensure that habitats link as part of a larger network.
In compiling the report Capital Bee has drawn on the knowledge and expertise of a range of organisations from across the capital, each committed to reversing the decline of pollinators and helping us to reconnect to the natural world. In bringing together the diverse strands of discussion, we hope that the report will help to inform a conversation on developing a coordinated set of activities to promote and protect London’s pollinators that may be adopted by a range of bodies and organisations.
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