Around 80% of the world’s plants need a different species to act as a pollintor.
A third of British wild bees and hoverflies are in decline, and if current trends continue, some species will be lost from Britain altogether.
“Every square kilometre in the UK has lost an average of 11 species of bee and hoverfly, between 1980 and 2013, according to new analysis” Dr Lynn Dicks, University of East Anglia
In agriculture and horticulture, pollinators are essential for pollinating hundreds of different types of crops. But pollinators also provide pollination that enables other types of ‘crops’ to be grown: biofuels, ornamental flowers, as well as the almost infinite numbers of wild plants needed to sustain our wildlife.