What do pollinators do for us?
We tend to think of bees in relation to pollination, yet the groups of insect pollinators are incredibly diverse.
Honeybees in managed hives are responsible for pollinating between 5-15 per cent of the UK's insect-pollinated crops. This leaves 85-95 per cent of the UK’s insect-pollinated crops relying on wild pollinators.
Wild pollinators include bumblebees and other bees, butterflies and moths, flies and various other insects such as beetles, wasps and thrips.
Pollinators provide an important service for free, pollinating £690 million worth of crops annually. If we had to take over this job ourselves it would be very tough and time-consuming, costing close to two billion each year.
Many plants rely on insects to pollinate their flowers. While most plants cannot seed without being pollinated. Without pollinators there would be no strawberries, apples, avocados, chocolate, cherries, olives, blueberries, carrots, grapes, pumpkins, pears, cotton, plums or peanuts… Plus, very few flowers in our gardens and countryside.