The pollination services offered by bees and other insects – like hoverflies, are a vital part of good agricultural yields. Farming practices have meant that we now have fewer pollinating insects relative to the amount of crops needing them. We need to change our farming practices, but we also need the contribution of well-managed wilder areas like Churchyards, which help by providing havens for pollinating insects.
All this is happening because since 1960’s humans have been planting lots more pollinator dependent crops – and changing to more intensive agriculture with crops that often give pollen for only a short period in the year. This means that:
- we have fewer available pollinators per acre of crop
- many wild pollinating insects don’t have enough food to survive and breed because
Read more in the Wakelet below…