Boost for butterflies and bees in Scotland
A NEW strategy has been launched to make Scotland a more ‘pollinator-friendly’ place by protecting indigenous bee and butterfly populations.
Since 1980, the number of pollinating insects in Scotland has declined by an estimated 51 per cent.
This included honey bees, bumble bees, the solitary bee, butterflies and hoverflies.
It is feared this could have a negative impact on agriculture, food security, the economy and human health.
The pollinator strategy calls for:
❒ the restoration and creation of flower-rich habitats, greater use of green urban infrastructures, such as roof top gardens;
❒ the development and use of pollinator-friendly pest control,
❒ new research into the impact of climate change on bee and butterfly numbers.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: ‘Scotland’s biodiversity is one of our key assets, and the contribution the humble bumble bee and other pollinators make to this wonderful environment should not be underestimated.
‘That is why we are committed to making Scotland a more pollinator-friendly place.
‘Pressures like land use change, pesticides, pollution, disease and climate change are threatening these life-giving insects, so we must act now to protect the pollinators and, in turn, safeguard our environment, our food and in turn our health.’