CLA South East has backed the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy, launched yesterday (4 November) to support bees and other pollinators.
The organisation, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the south east England, said that a realistic strategy has been produced.
Responding to the announcement made yesterday by Environment Secretary Liz Truss, CLA South East Rural Adviser Megan Cameron said: “Bees and other pollinators provide essential services for food production, and for the wider environment. We want to see them thriving and the National Pollinator Strategy sets out a realistic way forward.
“From the earliest stages of the strategy’s development, the CLA has highlighted that there are huge gaps in knowledge about pollinator numbers so we are pleased that the new strategy places such a strong emphasis on building up a clearer picture.
“The strategy recognises that incentivising landowners to grow plants that provide pollen and nectar sources, and which also provide nesting habitat for pollinators, is key to success. Help with funding for these costly measures will ensure ongoing active management and deliver the best results.
“We are pleased that Defra has decided not to impose new requirements and regulations on farmers, but to work with the industry on voluntary delivery of measures to support pollinators.”
Megan Cameron added: “The CLA is dedicated to encouraging its members across the south east to consider measures that will benefit pollinating species. We support the move that the new agri-environment scheme will be open to all.
“However, 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.”