'Rivers of flowers' call after huge decline in wildflower meadows26/03/2010 17:06:19 Charity calls for massive increase in wild flowers
March 2010. The UK has lost more than 3,000,000 hectares of wildflower rich habitat since the second world war, but farming wildlife schemes have only recreated 6,500 ha. Scientists are increasingly concerned that the loss of bees and other pollinators will have disastrous effects on food production and pollination services in the natural environment. Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is calling on Government to tackle the issue head on and create a network of wildflower meadows.
The ecosystem service provided by pollinators is essential to human survival and must be preserved for future generations. But Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is worried that while pollinators including bees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies are disappearing, there is little Government effort to address the problem. The charity believes that a very significant and radical increase in wild flower habitat area is needed to reverse the declines.
Buglife estimates that B-lines would cost between £30 and £40 million a year to implement.
"We are causing an extinction crisis that puts our future in jeopardy. Action is required now and Government must find a way to ensure that some of the funds that are generated by individuals and companies by damaging wildlife are used to repair wildlife." said Matt Shardlow Chief Executive of Buglife.
11 wildlife charities are asking parliamentary candidates to commit to "return colour, life and vitality to the countryside". Find out if your candidates have signed the pledge at http://www.wildlifepledges2010.org.uk/.