News - 23 June 2016

Bee ‘roads’ through countryside backed by D2N2 aided environmental group

An environmental group for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – backed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – has signed up to an imaginative scheme providing better ‘travel routes’ through the British landscape for bees and other insect pollinators.

B-Lines‘ is a project by national invertebrate conservation trust , Buglife. It aims to elist the help of farmers, landowners, wildlife organisations, businesses, local authorities and the public to restore at least 150,000 hectares of flower-rich habitat across the UK.

By linking habitat areas, bees and other insects would have routes to move more easily through the landscape, to pollinate flowers and plants, and to use to move on from areas made less hospitable to them due to climate change. Pollinator insects in the UK have faced steep declines, due to a reduction in wildife and wildlfower areas, and the effects of climate change on remaining areas.

The Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership (LNP) has joined the B-Lines project. The LNP has been working with Buglife, and other local conservation and local authority partners, to map a priority B-Lines network for Nottinghamshire. This will form part of a wider network, which it is hoped will eventually enable the B-Lines initiative to be rolled out across the entire East of England.

D2N2 was one of the original supporters backing the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire LNP being set-up, in autumn 2012, and the LNP’s Coordinator – whose role is part-funded by D2N2 – is based at its main office at the NG2 Business Park in Nottingham. The current LNP Chair is Tim Farr.

The Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership Coordinator, Rosy Carter, can be contacted on email: rosy.carter@d2n2lep.org

For more information about Buglife’s B-Lines project see the web pages HERE  

Media wanting further information on the work of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership can contact D2N2 Communications Manager Sean Kirby on 0115 957 8749 or email:sean.kirby@d2n2lep.org 

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