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A guide to pollinator-friendly farming

Full guidance (EN, FR, DE)

Factsheet (EN, FR, DE)




Action from farmers is essential to stopping the decline of pollinators. Farmland is vital to as it provides them with food, shelter and a place to breed. You can maximise the benefits your farmland can bring to pollinators by putting a variety of management measures in place.

Here you will find sources of advice to make your farm more pollinator-friendly.

  • useful resources outlining recommendations as well as projects and organisations that can help implement them.
  • organisations and contacts providing further advice for farmers on pollinators.

Resources and contacts have been organised by country so you can find advice that is relevant to your area, you can use the filter function at the top of the table.


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Austria

 

 

Biodiversitätsmonitoring mit LandwirtInnen

We look at our meadows. Farmers observe plants and animals

(Wir Schauen auf Unsere Wiesen Landwirtinnen und Landwirte beobachten Pflanzen & Tiere)

 

A guide with:

-       Tips to identify plant and animal species, including pollinators

-       Information on species distribution and life cycles

Project Biodiversitätsmonitoring mit LandwirtInnen  

 

species factsheets

identification guides

 

 

Austria

 

 

AgarMarkt Austria

 

Environmentally friendly and biodiversity-promoting management

(Umweltgerechte und biodiversitätsfördernde Bewirtschaftung)

 

 

Information on the biodiversity-promoting management measures of the Austrian rural development programme (ÖPUL). These can fund pollinator habitat creation in farmlands.

 

Advice by AgarMarkt Austria is directed to farmers interested in joining the UBB scheme.

 

Farmers in the UBB scheme receive training relating to pollinators and biodiversity more generally

 

Austria


Österreichische Bundesforste ÖBf


 

Forest management for nature guidebook

 

(Naturschutzpraxisbuch)

 

 

Management guidelines for forests with a section dedicated to bees.

Aimed at forest managers signed up to the active for wild bees initiative by the Austrian state forests management agencies

Österreichische Bundesforste have a variety of other resources on maintaining biodiversity in forests. For wild bees, they carried out a study in Austrian forests.

Austria

 

 

Naturschutzbund

Insect friendly agriculture

 

(Insektenfreundliche Landwirtschaft)

 

 

Options to make farmland more pollinator friendly.

 

Part of the Natur Verbindet initiative by the NGO Naturschutzbund

 

Website has resources, events and news on wild bees including documents to promote biodiversity in agriculture and best practices.

Belgium

Vive Les Abeilles

 

 

Long live the bees!

 

(Vive les Abeilles! Leve de Bijen!)

 

 

Action-oriented tips and resources for farmers on wild and domesticated pollinators including educational material and inspiring examples.

 

Initiative of the focus point of national biodiversity, royal institute of science of Belgium. Supported by the federal service of public health, food security and environment, and the regions Flanders, Wallonie and Brussels.

The website includes a range of useful links to resources directed to farmers including guides on pollinator identification, pollinator-friendly plants and brochures.

Belgium

Wallonia government

 

The agriculture booklets: Wild bees, bumblebees and other pollinating insects

 

(Les livrets de l’agriculture: abeilles sauvages, bourdons et autres insectes pollinisateurs)

 

Information on pollinators, their importance to agriculture, measures to protect them and pollinator friendly flowers.

 

Agricultural ministry of the Wallonia government and directed to farmers.

 

Useful resources and contacts are also included on page 55.

 

Belgium

Natuurpunt

 

 

Act for bees long read

 

(Actie voor bijen)

 

 

Concrete measures to protect bees on farmland.

Flemish NGO Natuurpunt directed to farmers.

 

Links providing more information on each suggested action and a list of additional brochures and publications.

Belgium

Regional Landscape Zuid-Hageland

 

 

More nature for strong fruit

 

(Meer natuur vor pittig fruit)

 

 

Videos summarising measures to increase bee populations in fruit farms.

 

Led by the Regional Landscape Zuid-Hageland. Partnership between three Flemish and two Dutch organisations. The project was finalised in 2019.

They offer tailor-made advice and a range of other projects on increasing biodiversity for farmers.

Belgium

SAPOLL project

 

 

SAPOLL project

 

 

Insect information sheets, identification keys and information on landscape features that are pollinator-friendly.

 

Run by a collaboration of actors in the regions of northern France, Wallonia and Flanders and supported by the EU regional development fund.

The project also includes awareness raising activities such as a newsletter, exhibitions and events.

 

Croatia

The Croatian Farm Advisory service

 

 

The Croatian Farm Advisory service

 

(Ministarstvo poljoprivrede uprava za stručnu podršku razvoju poljoprivrede i ribarstva)

Information on wild pollinators in various sections and archives. Advice is available to all farmers.

 

Website of the Croatian Farm advisory service of the ministry of agriculture administration for professional support of agriculture and fisheries development.

Farmers taking part in the agri-environment programme or organic farming support must enrol in compulsory training programmes on wild pollinators.

Cyprus

RIS-Ký


 

POMS-Ký Pollinators Monitoring Scheme of Kýpros

 

 

Resources to help identify pollinators and perform flower insect counts encouraging

citizens and farmers to monitor them.

Part of Researching Invasive Species of Kýpros project funded by the Darwin Initiative. It will run until march 2021.

 

Educational seminars at the Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre for citizens, links on advice for actions to help pollinators.

 

Cyprus

The department of Agriculture

 

 

Awareness Campaign on the Protection of Honeybee and other pollinators

 

(Εκστρατεία διαφώτισης για την προστασία της μέλισσας και των άλλων επικονιαστών)

 

 

Document outlining the commitments made by the department of agriculture including educating farmers on pollinators.

Beekeepers with the support of the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment and others.

Lectures and trainings directed towards farmers.

Denmark

Landbrug & Fødevarer

 

 

10 bee-friendly recommendations for your farm

 

(10 bivenlige anbefalinger til dit landbrug)

10 simple actions that farmers can take to help bees on their land. Each action is given a score out of 10.

Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

 

Council can be contacted by farmers to help evaluate what they can do to help wild bees

 

Denmark

Danmarks Biavlerforening

 

 

Friendly agriculture

 

(BIVENLIG LANDBRUG)

 

 

Information on the importance of pollinators to agriculture and opportunities for bee-friendly initiatives for Danish farmers.

Danish beekeeper’s association who aim to ensure Danish agriculture is adequately pollinated.

 

Links are provided on the website for more information. Farmers can also sign up to make their farm an official bee-friendly farm.

Denmark

Danmarks Biavlerforening

 

 

Pollinator portal

 

(Bestoever portalen)

 

 

Portal provides:

-       a platform to connect farmers to beekeepers

-       a range of fact sheets on pollination specifically geared towards farmers

Danish beekeeper organisations with support from the Danish Agency for Agriculture.

 

The Danish Beekeeper’s organisation can be contacted with any questions.

 

Denmark

Vilde Bier i Danmark

 

 

Wild bees in Denmark

 

(Vilde Bier i Denmark)

 

Information on wild bees, their habits and how to provide habitats for them in farmland.

 

Vilde Bier i Danmark organisation

The organisation is happy to advise farmers on how to make their production pollinator-friendly.

 

Estonia

 

PÕLLUMAJANDUSUURINGUTE KESKUS

 

 

Estonian bumblebees

 

(Eesti kimalased)

 

 

Information on bumblebees, how to identify them and how to protect them.

Agricultural Research centre. Popular amongst farmers and citizens alike.

 

 

Estonia

 

Republic of Estonia’s ministry of rural affairs


 

Agri-environmental support in ERDP 2014-2020

 

 

Information on available support for environmentally friendly agricultural management as part of the Estonian rural development plan 2014-2020. This includes activities to make farms more bee-friendly.

Targeted to farmers interested in signing up to agri-environmental schemes.

 

For more information on the Estonian rural development plan 2014-2020 visit this site.

 

Estonia

 

PÕLLUMAJANDUSUURINGUTE KESKUS

 

 

Bees – useful but vulnerable insects

 

(Mesilased – kasulikud, kuid haavatavad putukad)

 

Information on bees and how they can be protected on farmland.

 

Part of the training materials by the Agricultural Research Centre for farmers participating in the agri-environment schemes.

Other materials and events on practices to protect pollinators can be found on their website.

 

Finland

Satoa ja laatua pölytyspalvelulla

 

 

Harvest quality with pollination services

 

(Satoa ja laatua pölytyspalvelulla)

 

 

 

Project to:

-       increase crop yields by increasing pollination

-       raise awareness on pollinators

-       provide habitats for pollinators on farms.

 

Natural Resources Institute of Finland and the Savonia University of Applied Sciences funded through the Rural Development Programme. Running from September 2019 to September 2021.

More information on the project and the links between pollinators and agriculture, including future events, can be found on their facebook page.

 

Finland

Pölyhyöty

 

 

Status, monitoring and economic significance of insect pollination in agriculture for Finnish pollinator populations (Pölyhyöty)

 

Resources on identifying and monitoring bumblebees and the services they provide to farmers.

 

Financed by the Finnish ministry of agriculture and forestry.

A collection of links to other projects and resources related to pollinators.

 

Finland

Hunajaluotsi Oy

 

 

Hunajaluotsi pilot

 

 

Project educating farmers on pollination, apiculture in agriculture and the benefits of including vegetation with nectar rich flowers (“mesikasvi”) in the agricultural landscape.

Organised by the Hunajaluotsi Oy consultancy.

 

A range of trainings, both online and in person, are available on the website.

 

France

Agrifaune

 

 

Agrifaune programme synthesis on information about favourable practices and their interests

 

(Synthèse des connaissances sur les pratiques favorables et leurs intérêts)

 

 

Environmentally friendly agricultural practices including those that favour pollinators.

 

Programme run by the regional committees of agriculture, the national hunting and wildlife agency, and the national hunter federation.

A list of useful resources, local support, other projects and websites is available from page 30.

 

France

Vigie Nature


 

Observatoire Agricole de la Biodiversité

 

 

Simple guidance to help farmers recognise and help beneficial insects on their land.

 

National project by the citizen science project Vigie Nature.

 

Interested farmers can easily sign up to participate on the website. Relevant events highlighted.

France

Competition of agri-ecological practices in prairies and rangelands

 

 

Competition of agri-ecological practices in prairies and rangelands

 

(Concours des pratiques agro-ecologiques prairies et parcours)

 

 

 

Contest on flowering meadows. Farmers are awarded for environmentally-friendly practices including contributions to wild pollinators.

Part of the general agricultural competition.

For more information on the agro-ecological practices competition which also includes agroforestry, visit this link.

 

France

Vosges

 

 

In forests: simple acts to contribute to saving the bees

(EN FORÊT: Des gestes simples pour contribuer à sauver les abeilles)

 

Information on pollinators in forests, the plants and habitats they prefer, and pollinator-friendly practices that can be adopted.

 

Part of the Plan Abeilles of the departmental council of Vosges of the Lorraine-alsace regional centre (CNFP).

 

Vosges has a pollinator plan (Plan Pollinizz). More information and resources can be found here.

France

Vigie Nature

 

 

Operation butterflies

 

(Operation papillons)

 

 

Citizen science project to count and identify butterflies in gardens or balconies.

Mostly targeted towards citizens and led by Vigie Nature.

 

 

Germany

Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Rural Areas and Consumer Protection

 

 

Bee Pasture catalogue: improvement of bee pasture and species richness

 

(Bienenweide-katalog: Verbesserung der Bienenweide und des Artenreichtums)

 

 

 

Tips to implement greening measures that support pollinators aimed at farmers and land managers.

 

Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Rural Areas and Consumer Protection.

 

Useful links and resources on page 125. Regular updates of the catalogue are published (Bienenweidekatalog).

 

Germany

Practical program to increase ecological diversity in organically managed commercial fruit orchards

 

 

Practical program to increase ecological diversity in organically managed commercial fruit orchards

 

(Praxisprogramm zur Erhöhung der ökologischen Vielfalt in ökologisch bewirtschafteten Erwerbsobstanlagen)

 

 

Agricultural practices that create and protect habitats for a range of animals including pollinators in fruit orchards.

 

University of Hohenhei and the Institute for Landscape Ecology and Vegetation Science.

 

For more information on the programme visit this page.

Germany

Rhenish cultural landscape foundation


 

Humming Rhineland - farmers for arable diversity

 

(Summendes Rheinland – Landwirte für Ackervielfalt)

 

 

Project to encourage farmers to improve pollinator habitats by planting summer cover crops as nectar and pollen sources.

 

Rhenish cultural landscape foundation.

 

On their website, they share a range of useful resources including an information sheet on habitat demands for bees.

 

Germany

BienABest

 

 

BienABest project

 

 

Project to create wild bee foraging and nesting habitats in agricultural landscapes.

 

VDI and Ulm University.

 

More information on the project as well as useful resources, links and news on this website.

 

Germany

Blühbotschafter

 

 

Flowering landscape ambassadors

 

(Blühbotschafter)

 

 

Initiative training volunteers (including private land owners and managers) to become flower ambassadors and increase the flower diversity of their landscape.

Part of the Blühendes Bodenseeland project supported by Interreg, Landratsamt Bodenseekreis and Friedrichshafen.

 

Downloads and links with guidelines, brochures, informative websites and speakers also available.

 

Germany

Blühendes Bodenseeland

 

 

Guidance on how to make grassland richer in flowering plant species

 

 

Advice to farmers on practices to make grassland rich in flowering plant species.

 

Part of the Blühendes Bodenseeland project which is supported by Interreg, Landratsamt Bodenseekreis and Friedrichshafen.

 

Downloads and links with guidelines, brochures, informative websites and speakers also available.

Germany

Blühpakt Bayern

 

 

Flower meadows enrich our cultural landscape

 

(Blumenwiesen

bereichern unsere

Kulturlandschaft)

 

 

Advice to farmers on how to increase flower diversity in meadows making them more pollinator friendly and on available funding.

Part of the Blooming pact initative.

More informational material of the benefits of flowering landscape to wild bees here.

Germany

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft,

Verbraucherschutz und Landesentwicklung

 

 

Bees need flower diversity - join in!

 

(Bienen brauchen

Blütenvielfalt – mach mit!)

 

 

 

Information on management practices that can be implemented in agricultural land and grassland to increase benefits to bees.

Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft,

Verbraucherschutz und Landesentwicklung.

Links to other useful resources and information on protecting wild bees on page 42.

Hungary

National Hungarian Beekeeping Association

 

Pollinators in our garden - or nature working in the background

(Beporzók a kertünkben – avagy a háttérben munkálkodó természet)

 

Information on pollinators, their threats and how to protect them including actions on agricultural land.

 

Article published by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

 

A video to accompany the booklet can be found here.

This article also gives some recommendations on protecting pollinators. 

 

Ireland

The Protecting Farmland Pollinators Project

 

 

Protecting Farmland Pollinators

 

 

Project to help farmers adopt practices that benefit pollinators and to develop a pollinator scoring system to help farmers determine how pollinator friendly their farm is.

National Biodiversity Data Centre, and operated by Trinity College Dublin, Bord Bia, Glanbia, Teagasc, Macra na Feirme, HEINEKEN Ireland and four representative farmers across farm types.

A range of other useful pollinator resources geared towards farmers are also available on the site.

 

Ireland

All Ireland Pollinator Plan

 

 

Farmland: actions to help pollinators

 

 

5 evidence-based actions farmers can take to support pollinators.

 

National Biodiversity Data Centre in collaboration with Origin Green as part of the all-Ireland pollinator plan 2015-2020.

More guidelines produced under the All Ireland Pollinator plan. Other resources can be found on their website. Actions taken for pollinators can be recorded on the Actions for Pollinators mapping system.

Ireland

All Ireland Pollinator Plan

 

 

Food for pollinators on the farm

 

 

 

Information on pollinator friendly plants, and places where pollinators can be found on farms.

 

Produced under the all-Ireland pollinator plan 2015-2020.

 

Other resources can be found on this website. Actions taken on farms for pollinators can be recorded on the Actions for Pollinators mapping system.

Ireland

GLAS

 

 

The Republic of Ireland Green Low Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS)

 

 

Information on direct actions to support solitary bees and actions which have indirect benefits for pollinator nesting and foraging habitats

 

For farmers interested in participating in agri-environmental schemes part of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

 

A number of resources and trainings related to the GLAS can also be found on the website.

 

Ireland

Save our magnificent meadows

 

 

Save Our Magnificent Meadows

 

 

Initiative aiming to protect and restore wildflower meadows and grasslands.

Plantlife with support from Butterfly Conservation, the Department of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentFermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

A range of useful resources and links on the project and meadow conservation can be found on the website including advice and guidance for farmers.

 

 Italy

Bee Active

 

 

Bee Active

 

 

Information on 10 tips to help the bees, several of which are directed to farmers.

CONAPI, he Italian National Consortium of Beekepers and Organic Farmers.

The website includes information on bees and their importance directed to citizens in general.

Italy

Cambia la terra

 

 

Change the Earth

 

(Cambia la terra)

 

 

Awareness campaign supported by farmers who do not use synthetic pesticides and fertilisers.

Supported by Federbio and other organic associations to raise awareness on the harmful effects of chemical agriculture. 

The project’s website provides a range of resources, campaigns and information relating to pesticide use.

Italy

WWF Italia

 

 

Flowers and bees

 

(Fiori e Api)

 

 

Information on bees, the flowers they prefer and what management strategies can be used to protect them.

 

Part of the WWF Italia and Conad BeeSafe campaign aiming to protect bees in Italy.

 

Bee safe campaign includes a call to sign a citizen’s initiative to save the bees and more information on bees including a series of webinars.

Italy

Ca’ Corniani

 

 

Environmental and landscape valorisation Ca’ Corniani

 

 

Initiative to introduce agro-environmental interventions, combining agriculture, art and nature.

 

The initiative focuses on the area of the Ca’ Corniani farm.

 

Links to other public and private pollinator initiatives are included on page 3.

 

Luxembourg

SAIS

 

Intercommunal syndicate SIAS

(Syndicat intercommunal pour l’assainissement du bassin hydrographique de la Syre)

Initiative to advise farmers on projects, management practices and available subsidies to make their farms more biodiverse and pollinator-friendly.

SIAS in partnership with SICONA.

 

The website provides contact details for further advice.

 

Luxembourg

Biodiversity support programme initiative


Biodiversity Support Programme

(Naturschutz durch Nutzung)

 

Information on available programmes that support measures to improve biodiversity, some of which are beneficial to pollinators.

Part of the Biodiversity support programme initiative.

Helpful contacts and answers to FAQs can be found on pages 48 and 52.

 

Netherlands

Kenniscentrum insecten EIS: Bestuivers

 

 

Knowledge centre for insects: Pollinators

 

(Kenniscentrum insecten EIS: Bestuivers)

 

 

Platform compiling knowledge on pollinators. There are sections dedicated to the importance of pollinators to agriculture and actions to protect them.

 

Dutch Insect Knowledge Centre (Stichting EIS) with financial support from a foundation.

 

They also share information on a variety of projects that aim to protect pollinators in the Netherlands.

 

Netherlands

BIMAG

 

 

Farmers monitoring insects in agricultural areas (BIMAG)

 

(Boeren InsectenMonitoring Agrarische Gebieden)

 

 

Project developing a monitoring programme for butterflies and insects on farms. Data is analysed to provide general advice on measures that can be taken to strengthen pollinator levels on the farm.

De Vlinderstichting, BoerenNatuur, LTO, the butterfly foundation and Statistics Netherlands.

 

A range of other useful resources, videos and news are available on the website.

 

Netherlands

Bijenlandschap

 

 

Bee Landscape

 

Bijenlandschap

 

 

List of advice on actions they can take to protect pollinators in their farmland. Part of the bee landscape project which aims to create a network of pollinator-friendly areas.

Dedicated to farmers. Public-private partnership between beer brewer Heineken, Wageningen Environmental Research (formerly Alterra) and the Province of Zuid-Holland.

 

Useful links with more information on pollinators dedicated to farmers. Other resources including a toolbox with lesson packages on the project’s website.

 

Netherlands

Vlinders en Bijen

 

 

 

Butterflies and bees

 

(Vlinders en Bijen)

 

 

This project shares information on bee fauna and practical management recommendations

10 organisations including farmers and land-owners. Part of Bee impulse for Brabant 2015 – 2018.


 

The regional landschap pajottenland & zennevallei in Belgium collaborates with Brabant and has a range of useful resources on pollinators on their website.

Netherlands

Nederland Zoemt

 

 

The Netherlands buzz

 

(Nederland Zoemt)

 

 

Initiative committed to stopping the extinction of wild bees by working partners to adopt pollinator-friendly practices.

Cooperation between national projects, financially supported by the Dutch postal code lottery, atur milieu and natur educatie.

Resources and activities aimed at citizens, schools and municipalities on the website.

 

Netherlands

Vlinderstichting

 

 

Plants for butterflies

 

(Planten Voor Vlinders )

 

 

Advice on butterfly-friendly plants.

 

De Vlinderstichting.

 

Other resources listed including guidance for flower meadows and fruit trees.

Netherlands

ZLTO

LLTB

 

 

The farm: The place to Bee!

 

(Het boerenerf: The Place to Bee!)

 

 

 

This project helps farmers make their land more bee-friendly. They work with one bee ambassador per province to raise awareness on what farmers can do for bees.

LLTB, ZLTO, LTO Nederland as a partner in the National bee strategy and Delta plan for biodiversity restoration

Information on how to register your interest to become a bee ambassador. They will also organise bee safaris and presentations to other farmers

 

Poland

Pszczoły proszą o pomoc

 

 

“Bees asking for help”

(Pszczoły proszą o pomoc)

 

 

E-learning platform sharing information on pollinators and how they can be protected some of which is relevant to farmers.

Part of the bees asking for help project run by Green Action (Zielona Akcja) from 2014-2016.

 

 

Portugal

PoliMax

 

 

PoliMax: promotion and increase in the efficiency of entomophilous pollination in apple, pear and cherry trees

 

(PoliMax: Promoção e aumento da eficiência da polinização entomófila em macieiras, pereiras e cerejeiras)

 

Project to promote pollination on farms in order to increase the yield and quality of fruits. It disseminates good joint-practice by farmers and beekeepers.

 

EPI-AGRI operational group project funded under the 2014-2020 rural development programme.

 

Documentation on the project as well as evidence including meeting videos, webinars and examples of actions taken can be found on this website.

 

Portugal

Quercus

 

 

Pollinators campaign

 

(Campanha pelos Polinizadores)

 

 

Campaign to raise awareness on the need to protect pollinators.

 

NGO Quercus with support from the group Jerónimo Martins.

 

Information on other projects and campaigns by Quercus can be found on the website.

 

Romania

Fundatia ADEPT

 

 

NGO Fundatia ADEPT

 

 

Activities to encourage and enable small-scale farmers to sign up to agri-environment schemes to maintain meadows and pastures in farmed landscape which can be very beneficial to pollinators.

ADEPT works in the Târnava Mare area, in southern Transylvania.

 

More information on a range of projects aiming to maintain high nature value farmed landscape.

Slovenia

National institute of biology

 

 

Fruit growers for pollinators and pollinators for fruit growers

 

(SOOS - sadjarji za opraševalce in opraševalci za sadjarje)

 

 

Project focusing on pollination in orchards to improve knowledge and establish practices to make orchards more pollinator-friendly.

National institute of biology in partnership with 6 fruit growers and a range of organisations. Financed by the 2014-2020 rural development programme.

 

 

Slovenia

Project lead

 

 

Importance of wild pollinators in pollination of agricultural plants and sustainable management in agriculture to ensure reliable pollination

 

(Pomen divjih opraševalcev pri opraševanju kmetijskih rastlin in trajnostno upravljanje v kmetijstvu za zagotovitev zanesljivega opraševanja)

 

Findings for this project which aimed to determine the importance of wild pollinators in farmland, their threats and solutions to better protect them.

 

SICRIS in partnership with the agricultural institute of Slovenia, university of Ljubljana, Grm novo mesto and Naklo Biotechnical centre.

 

For more information on the project contact danilo.bevk@nib.si .

 

Slovenia

National institute of biology

 

Pollinator diversity for stable food production

 

(Čmrlji in čebele samotarke - prezrti opraševalci)

 

 

Information on the importance of pollinators to food production.

 

National institute of biology (Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo).

 

 

Slovenia

National institute of biology

 

Wild bees – overlooked pollinators

 

(Divje čebele – spregledane opraševalke)

 

 

 

This document shares information on wild bees.

 

National institute of biology (Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo).

 

 

Slovenia

National institute of biology

 

Bumblebees and solitary bees – ignored pollinators

 

 

 

Information on solitary bees and measures that can be taken to protect them.

 

National institute of biology (Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo).

 

 

Spain

Granja san Francisco

 

 

HA BEE TAT Best practice guide – cultivating with pollinators

 

(HA BEE TAT Guia de buenas prácticas – cultivando con polinizadores)

 

Good agricultural management practices to protect and increase pollinator numbers in farms. Part of the HA BEE TAT campaign.

 

Asociación de Abejas silvestres (association of wild bees) and sponsored by the Granja de San Francisco honey company.

 

HA BEE TAT also provide farmers with pollinator-friendly plants and wild bee nests.

 

Spain

Asociacion Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET)

 

 

 

Wild pollinator biodiversity conservation measures in the Iberian Peninsula

 

(Medidas para la conservación de la biodiversidad de los polinizadores silvestres en la península ibérica)

 

 

 

10 measures that can be adopted to protect pollinators, information on pollinators, their importance and their threats.

Published in the ecosystems magazine of the ecological and terrestrial Spanish association with support from AEET, ecosistemas and META.

 

 

Spain

Poll-Ole-GI

 

 

Poll-Ole-GI project

 

 

 

Project researching the impact of management practices on the pollinators of oilseed rape and sunflower. It aims to recommend effective methods to increase pollinators in farmland.

Funded by the European Fund for Regional Development INTERREG from 2016 to 2019.

 

A range of publications, guides and activities are also available on the website.

 

Spain

Government of Asturias

 

 

Pollinator biodiversity in cider apple orchards

 

(Biodiversidad de polinizadores en el manzano de sidra)

 

Study on the pollinator biodiversity in apple trees. Shares management recommendations to increase pollinator diversity in apple trees as well as information on the pollinator species that visit them.

By the public organisation SERIDA; part of the government of Asturias.


Spain

Asociacion Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET)

 

 

Conservation of biodiversity in agricultural systems

 

(CONSERVACIÓN DE LA BIODIVERSIDAD EN SISTEMAS AGRÍCOLAS)

Leaflet describing the need for biodiversity conservation in agriculture including pollinator conservation.

By AEET, the Spanish association of terrestrial ecology.

A list of resources can be found on the leaflet. The website includes other leaflets including this one on pollination as well as other useful resources.

Spain

CREAF

 

 

Osmia cornuta: an alternative pollinator for fruit trees

 

(Osmia cornuta: un pol.linitzador alternatiu per als fruiters)

 

Leaflet explaining the benefits of the solitary bee species Osmia cornuta to orchards and how they can be conserved.

Part of a project by CREAF, IRTA, sponsored by the agricultural, fisheries and husbandry department of Catalonia

A video on the project is available.

Spain

IRTA

 

 

ITINECO: technical itinerary to promote auxiliary fauna through ecological infrastructure

 

(ITINECO: Itinerario técnico para la promoción de fauna auxiliar mediante infraestructuras ecológicas)

 

Video explaining the project ITENCO which aims to provide farmers with tools to conserve pollination on farmland by promoting their natural enemies.

IRTA sponsored by the agricultural, fisheries and husbandry department of Catalonia

A webinar on the project is also available outlining tools to protect bees on farmland. A poster and other videos are available here.

Spain

IRTA

 

 

Guide of plants that promote natural enemies of plant pests

 

(GUÍA de plantas para favorecer los enemigos naturales de las plantas  )

 

Guide outlining cover crops that attract natural enemies of pests. Some of these natural enemies include pollinators.

IRTA

This app provides more information on cover crops to promote natural enemies of pests.

Sweden

Nätverket Pollinera Sverige

 

 

Pollinate Sweden Network

 

(Nätverket Pollinera Sverige)

 

 

Network to promote collaboration to increase awareness on pollinators and how to protect them. They organise a range of relevant activities geared towards farmers.

Supported by the Swedish board of agriculture and is made of a range of organisations including the federation of Swedish farmers.

Useful resources, including a guide highlighting pollinator-friendly plants, are also made available.

 

Sweden

Swedish agricultural board


 

Biodiversity on the plains

 

(Mångfald på slätten)

 

 

 

National project to encourage farmers to take measures to strengthen biodiversity on their land including pollinator diversity.

Organised by the Swedish agricultural board in collaboration with industry.

 

Resources and information on pollinators and how to protect them on farmland.

 

Sweden

BeeUrban

 

 

Flowers for bees

 

(Blommor for bin)

 

 

Initiative to establish crops suitable for wild pollinators in collaboration with farmers.

Set up by BeeUrban.

 

Range of other resources mostly directed to stakeholders within cities.

 

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