Orkney options for pollinators — Scottish pollinators

Providing for pollinators is a nationwide drive as far as Scotland is concerned. From the Scottish Borders, to the Northern and Western Isles, there are plenty of projects underway to help our hard-pressed pollinators. Take Orkney for example. Orkney Islands Council is working in partnership with the Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service (OACAS) and […]

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The value of flowering hedgerows — Scottish pollinators

The loss of many farmland hedgerows shortly after the Second World War was disastrous for pollinating insects in our rural landscape. Flowering hedgerows are excellent for food, shelter and nesting sites, as well as providing a safe and convenient corridor for ease of movement. Rural communities lamented the loss of the flowers which were a […]

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Take a pollinator-friendly approach — Scottish pollinators

The gardening season is upon us. Tools are being dusted down, plans are afoot. It’s a time to relish the yearly potential of a garden or outdoor space. And once again we are delighted to be teaming up with Keep Scotland Beautiful to celebrate a successful pollinator-friendly approach taken by a volunteer community. We had […]

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Take the dandelion dare — Scottish pollinators

To capture your attention I could do a lot worse, it seems, than encourage you to “Make space for dandelions.” Rarely has one single plant raised the ire of so many, but let me explain whilst I make a plea for this very special flower. Now, I will concede from the outset that dandelions have […]

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Pollination in the cold — Scottish pollinators

What do you do about pollination if you are an early flowering mountain plant such as the Purple Saxifrage which comes into flower on the high slopes of Ben Lawers just as the snows are melting in March or April? Iain MacGowan has the answer and it’s quite a surprise. The answer is that you […]

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Tiree bumblebee buzz — Scottish pollinators

The great yellow bumblebee is creating quite a buzz on the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. A four year project to monitor its population and habitat, and create new foraging habitat, has been embraced by the island’s residents and visitors. Janet Bowler, project manager for Hebridean Flower Power and Tiree’s Great Yellow Bumblebee […]

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Plan to plant — Scottish pollinators

Spring and summer are long gone and the colder grip of winter is here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to do our bit for pollinators. Now is the time to plan ahead and ensure that your garden or outdoor space is ready to help our important pollinating insects. Why not make it your […]

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Pollinator’s helping hand — Scottish pollinators

Over 70% of Scotland’s land area can be labelled ‘agricultural’. It’s no surprise then to learn that the way farmland is managed has a significant impact on nature and wildlife. Given that there is significant pressure on our native pollinators at the moment the fact that many farmers enter into voluntary agri-environment agreements which help […]

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Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide — News : NPR

Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony’s young, researchers say.(Image credit: James Crall /Science)

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