Pollinator Projects in the UK
Pollinating insects are essential for biodiversity and food production, but recent years have seen a dramatic decrease in the number and diversity of pollinating insects across the UK.
We’ve been combatting this decline by delivering projects such as Polli:Nation: a three-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by Learning through Landscapes, in partnership with OPAL (Open Air Laboratories), Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, Field Studies Council, The University of Stirling, and TCV.
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Our Pollinator Projects
Polli:Nation delivery started in over 250 schools across the UK, helping them to discover which pollinating insects they already have in their school grounds and to transform their grounds into pollinator-friendly habitats.
Funded by National Geographic and EPSRC, XPolli:Nation is formed in collaboration with partners such as The Open University and OPAL. The project works with schools across the UK and Italy to inspire action for pollinators through the cross-pollination of ideas. Building on surveying techniques used in Polli:Nation, pupils collect data about international pollinators and use technology to learn lessons about habitat creation.
Funded by Erasmus+ and led by Learning through Landscapes in partnership with Naturskolan i Lund, Lunds Universitet, Birdlife Malta and Sociedad Espanola de Ornitologia SEO (Birdlife Spain), Natural Nations builds on the success of Polli:Nation to develop survey methods for bird populations as well as pollinator insects and to encourage them into school grounds.
Pollination for the Next Generation (Polli:Gen)
In partnership with Leicester City Council and The Wildlife Gardening Forum, Polli:Gen is being delivered by specialist Project Officers in 24 schools across Leicester. Children are learning about their natural heritage and utilising resources developed during Polli:Nation to learn about pollinating insects, surveying techniques and habitat creation.
Natural Nations Goes Digital
Building on the work done by Natural Nations, Natural Nations Goes Digital will develop digital resources for teachers and children about how to identify birds, and how to make school grounds into accessible habitats for birds and pollinators.
The SENSE project
In collaboration with The Open University, the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London and funded by EPSRC, the SENSE project will develop haptic technology to allow children to experience sensory elements of nature through smartphones. This will help encourage greater interest in the natural world among children who have the least access to it.