Creating Habitat for Pollinators

Now you have taken part in the Polli:Nation Survey find out how you can create and improve pollinator friendly habitat.

Pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, are in decline across the UK. These insects are homeless and hungry, suffering from a lack of places to nest and feed. Using the Polli:Nation survey you should be able to identify which pollinator habitat types you have in your survey site and which ones you might want to create. Why not have a go at creating some pollinator friendly habitat in your outdoor space?

Creating Feeding Habitat

Different types of pollinating insects have different habitat requirements. All adult pollinators feed on nectar, which provides energy in the form of sugar, and many also feed on pollen, which provides protein. Ideal feeding habitat for pollinating insects will be warm, sunny, and sheltered from wind. It should contain a range of pollen and nectar-producing plants that flower between March until September. Click on the links below for practical guidance and ideas for creating:

Creating Nesting and Shelter Habitat

In addition to food requirements, pollinating insects need the right sort of habitat to complete their life cycle. Bees in particular need suitable places to build their nests, which may be bare ground (mining bees and many bumble bees), in dense vegetation (carder bumblebees) or in holes in logs, plant stems, or man-made insect homes (mason and leaf cutter bees). Pollinating flies rely on damp places such as pools, ditches, damp soil and animal dung for their larval development. What can you do? Pollinators need a variety of nesting and shelter habitat to complete their life cycles. There are lots of things that you can do to create the homes that they need: 

Improving other habitat

Although short grass, concrete and tarmac, bare walls and fences are not very good habitat for pollinators there is lots that you can do to improve these types of features for pollinators. Click on the links below to find out how: