CLA backs bee strategy

05 November 2014


The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has given its backing to new Government plans for protecting the UK’s bee population.

Responding to the national pollinator strategy announcement by Environment Secretary Liz Truss, the organisation said it was a “realistic strategy.”

CLA Midlands rural adviser Donna Tavernor said: “Incentivising farmers and landowners to grow plants that provide pollen and nectar sources and nesting habitat for pollinators is the key to success. Help with funding for these costly measures will ensure ongoing active management and secure the best results.

“There are huge gaps in our knowledge of pollinator numbers so we are also pleased that such a strong emphasis has been put on addressing this and building up a clearer picture.”

But the CLA is also warning that farmers and landowners will need clear guidance as to how the strategy is to be implemented as part of a new agri-environment scheme to be known as Countryside Stewardship.

Miss Tavernor added: “There needs to be more support put in place to guide farmers through the application process. Not only will they need to apply for a brand new scheme, but they will have to contend with a new online system reliant on a good broadband connection.”

Read the policy paper National pollinator strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England  here