Pollinators

Our pollinators are dying out at an alarming rate...

© John Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography

72% of UK butterflies gone in just the last decade
97% of species-rich habitat gone in just 50 years

The good news is that, together, we can do something about this.

Donate to help our pollinators now

Now is a crucial time for our insects. It is vital for us too.

The rate of their extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. 

If this decline continues at the current pace in 100 years there will be far fewer, or some scientists report maybe no, insects left.
 

image of a high brown fritillary on a purple thistle

High brown fritillary 

Here in Cumbria, species-rich grasslands and wildflower meadows are crucial to the survival of pollinators. But in 50 years, this habitat has declined by more than 97%.

Yes, by 97% in just 50 years.

Both shocking and saddening that this has happened during a lifetime.

Only through direct action will we help to reverse this trend and reduce further loss. But we must act now.

Please will you make a donation to help restore and create species rich and diverse habitats to benefit our pollinators?  Donate to help pollinators

Thank you.
 

If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse.
Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS
President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts
Sir David Attenborough, London Wildlife Trust, Woodberry Wetlands -c- Penny Dixie

Sir David Attenborough, London Wildlife Trust, Woodberry Wetlands © Penny Dixie

Over the next three years your gift will make it possible to:

  • Restore wildflower and species-rich meadows by working with land owners, managers and farmers to ensure 75ha of green space is better managed and create 35ha of good pollinator habitat.

Click to see more of what your gift will make possible:

  • Create ‘plant highways’ so pollinators may travel through Cumbria’s landscape. 
  • Ensure the wildflower habitats we look after on our nature reserves continue to flourish and be healthy environments for a wide range of species.
  • Identify the right places to create new areas of species and flower-rich habitat across Cumbria and train volunteers and communities. This will make improvements at the heart of where people live.
  • Encourage more people to garden with wildlife in mind, at every opportunity. 
  • Create a new plant nursery where we will, with the help of volunteers, grow wildflower plug plants to be planted at restoration sites across Cumbria. By the end of 2022 over 9,000 plug plants will have been grown and planted out. 
  • Engage with people and give them information so they understand the importance of wildflower habitats and the pollinators which depend on them. 
  • Improve school grounds and inspire children – the next generation of guardians for our wildlife. Only through training and surveying will our habitats be better understood and looked after for our pollinators. We will carry out more surveys so that we can get a better picture of what we have and how things have changed and will change over the coming years. 

Together all of this will provide, and continue to provide, good diverse habitats linked via species-rich corridors of grasses and flowering plants. 

wild flowers in a Coronation Meadow  2005- copyright Barrie Wilkinson

Wild flowers in a Coronation Meadow  2005 © Barrie Wilkinson

In just 50 years, wildflower meadows and species-rich habitat declined by more than 97%
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Pied wagtail collecting food for chicks - copyright Tom Hibbert

Pied wagtail collecting insects for its chicks © Tom Hibbert

The loss of insects has far-reaching consequences for entire ecosystems. Insects provide a food source for many birds, amphibians, bats and reptiles, whilst plants rely on insects for pollination.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Your support will help pollinators

Donate now to the pollinator appeal

Bee flying to a Dandelion  © John Hawkins.

Every square kilometre in the UK has lost an average of 11 species of bee and hoverfly, between 1980 and 2013, according to the new analysis.
Dr Lynn Dicks
University of East Anglia