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Managing urban areas for pollinators


This guide highlights what habitats in urban areas are important and how they can be better managed to encourage pollinators. Management guidance often focuses mainly on plants; this guidance is important in also considering how management affects invertebrates. It covers all types of formal and informal urban green spaces, such as parks, cemeteries, allotments, woodland and wild semi-natural areas. It discusses not just providing flowers for nectar, but also providing the plant species needed to support larvae, as well as providing water and a range of micro-habitats (cracks, crevices, dead wood, tussocks, bare earth, etc) for shelter and over-wintering.

See also the separate entries for the whole Buglife resource library, and their guides on managing wildflower rich grassland for insects.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management


  • Grassland
  • Shrubland
  • Urban
  • Woodland

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity
  • Health, wellbeing & cultural value

Source | Buglife

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