The Natural History Consortium awarded grant by the West of England Combined Authority’s Pollinator Fund

We're pleased to announce that we have been awarded a fantastic grant by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Bee Bold Pollinator Fund.

The Pollinator Fund builds on from the Combined Authority’s ‘Bee Bold Awards’ and will help to deliver on the West of England’s objective to increase the abundance of wildlife by 30% by 2030. The Fund has been created to support community-led ecology projects that enhance biodiversity and pollinator habitats across the West of England region.

The objectives of the fund are to:  

  1. To create and enhance the biodiversity in the area with an emphasis on improving pollinator habitats to contribute towards the regional ambition to increase the abundance of wildlife by 2030
  2. To raise awareness and empower communities to take action to address the ecological emergency  

We are looking forward to rolling out our projects in 2023, including:

  • pesticide reduction workshops for allotments
  • demonstration gardens
  • food growing and gardening in-person and online courses
  • iNaturalist wildlife monitoring training
  • community events in local green spaces
  • a free resource bank for pesticide reduction
  • a regional gardening competition
  • community enquiry into increased inclusivity for wildlife gardening
  • pollinator celebration event with researchers at Festival of Nature
  • pollinator monitoring support during the West of England’s City Nature Challenge

We are going to be working with a number of organisations on these projects, including: Avon Wildlife Trust, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, Bristol Environmental Records Centre, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol Museums, Bristol Zoological Society, South Gloucestershire Council, University of Bath, University of the West of England, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Your Park.

Thank you to our Consortium partners who will be supporting this activity throughout 2023.

Find out more about the Pollinator Fund on WECA’s website here.

Find out more about the Bee Bold Awards here.