Insects such as bees, flies, moths, butterflies and beetles are incredibly important in their role as pollinators. We rely on pollination to create Edinburgh’s beautiful landscapes and to produce many of the crops we rely on. Our city would not be the same without them and yet their numbers are in decline. Sign up to the Edinburgh Pollinator Pledge today and play your part in helping Edinburgh’s pollinators.
There are over 160,000 gardens in Edinburgh and these could form part of a massive network to support pollinators. Gardens can be excellent places for pollinators but the quality varies enormously. Research into urban pollinators shows there are some simple actions anyone with access to a garden or greenspace can take.
The aim of the Edinburgh Pollinator Pledge is to create a network of people and habitats that are supporting pollinators across the city. The city has some amazing green spaces that support pollinators. Areas like the Water of Leith and the cities Local Nature Reserves are crucial. As are allotments and potentially golf courses. You can contribute by putting your pin on the map and joining the network.
You can help us connect the dots by adding your garden to the map. Simply enter your postcode and email address to sign up and we will keep you up to date as our network grows.
We are asking everyone who takes the pledge to do three simple things:
There are lots of things you can do for pollinators all year round. Whether you have a window box or a garden, you can get involved.
Use your mousewheel (or pinch) to zoom and pan the infographic below.
By making a few simple changes in your garden you can turn it into a hive of activity. Click on the left and right hand side of the image below to see how a few simple changes can improve your garden.
To build the network of gardens across the city we need your help. We need you to shout about the pledge you have taken and get your friends and neighbours involved. Send us pictures of your window box, garden or meadow and inspire others to help us fill in the dots on the map.
Led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and launched in mid-summer 2017, this project has captured the imagination of many people as a way to do something small or big to benefit our pollinators in Edinburgh. With 84 pledges of action, and a rapidly growing social media following, the idea is gathering momentum.