Worcestershire County Council Planning Team ran 2 conferences on pollinators at the end of March with the aim of informing people and inspiring them to take action to protect pollinating insects and t
The first of the conferences saw 46 teachers, teaching assistants and grounds people learn about what pollinators are and how they can be included in many areas of the curriculum.
The second event was attended by 50 parish council representatives and community group members. This programme focussed on roadside verges and pollinator projects by volunteer groups in the county.
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member for the Environment formally welcomed delegates on both days, setting the scene the presentations from a wide range of speakers.
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: "As a pollinator friendly county, these conferences can help educate about protecting pollinating. Education about these insects is extremely important not only for the good of our countryside but also as protecting these species is vital for crop production."
The speakers included national charities Buglife, Butterfly Conservation and the British Bee Keeping Association, and local organisations Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Kemerton Conservation Trust and the Teme Valley Wildlife Group.
Rob Deri from Worcestershire County Council Highways and Wade Muggleton from Worcestershire County Council Countryside and Paul Esrich from the Malvern Hills AONB Partnership gave accounts of their roles in managing the county's verges to maximise biodiversity while also considering safety, logistics and cost.
A highlight was a presentation by school children from St Alban's Primary School in Hampshire who told us about their 2017 Defra award-winning pollinator project, Polli:Promise. They brought with them a wealth of knowledge about pollinators and enthusiasm for spreading their ideas.
In 2015 the County Council passed a notion to designate Worcestershire a pollinator-friendly county.
Policies on managing WCC land have been reviewed and improved for pollinators and we are supporting residents to undertake projects in their communities.
Presentations and resources from both days are available here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/pollinatorsconferences