2 April 2014
Exciting new school biodiversity project
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has funding of £30m towards 10 projects that reflect the diversity of the UK's heritage. They include a far-reaching project to help protect the future of our seriously dwindling bee population, two projects which showcase Bristol as one of the major players in our nation's maritime story and plans to revitalise St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire.
Learning through Landscapes' Polli:Nation project is one of the successful grant recipients.
The Polli:Nation project will engage 260 schools across the UK to help transform their grounds into pollinator-friendly habitats. Data recording will monitor any changes in species diversity and numbers. A key driver is to increase awareness of nature and particularly insects. A network of young enthusiasts will help by spreading knowledge and creating green 'stepping stones' such as bug hotels and bee houses to enable insects to move with ease between different areas.
Lucy Rothstein, CEO at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, commented: "It's vital that our next generation of conservationists understand the threats to bumblebees and other pollinating insects and have the knowledge, skills and resources to protect them. A project of this nature has the potential to equip a generation to protect our precious pollinator species, ensuring their long-term future."
We will be developing this project along with other sector partners: The Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation and the OPAL network over the next 6 months.