The Pollinator Project is a non-profit partnership of numerous organisations and interested parties across the Channel Islands who are passionate about pollinator conservation. We focus on land management, community action, education and science in order to promote the conservation of naturally occurring pollinating insects and the health of the habitats that supprot them in the Channel Islands.
By all working together towards a common goal it is hoped that the current decline in insect pollinators in the Channel Islands can be reversed and their populations conserved and enhanced for the future.
If you’d like to work with us, or just want to know more, please get in touch on social media or via email.
History of the Project
The Pollinator Project was originally setup as a Société Guernesiaise initiative in 2017. The project really captured the imagination of delegates during the 2018 Inter-Island Environment Meeting (IIEM), the theme of which was environmental partnership. Following the IIEM it was decided that the Pollinator Project was such a fantastic initiative that it should become a Channel Island project and be rolled out across the islands.
Aims of the Project
We aim to protect local pollinators and their habitats and help them thrive in the future. This covers wild bees (bumblebees and solitary bees), wasps, hoverflies, moths and butterflies.
It’s important to us to use conservation to bring people together to do something positive that benefits people as well as the island’s pollinators and the habitats that we share with them. We do this by encouraging islanders to be actively involved in conservation in their own gardens or land, to learn more about these fascinating insects, and to appreciate and experience the habitats that support them. We want to switch people onto conservation, for the benefit of local biodiversity.
The team of Pollinator Project volunteers bring together lots of organisations in our work including government, other charities and conservation groups locally in Jersey, across the Channel Islands and internationally.
What we do:
- Raise awareness of the genuine contribution we can each make to the enhancement of biodiversity by providing food and habitats for pollinators.
- Encourage the community to take action in their gardens, allotments, window boxes and balconies to make them pollinator-friendly.
- Work with schools, business, sports facilities and community groups to establish pollinator patches throughout the Channel Island.
- Persuade large-scale landowners, such as local governments, conservation organisations, utility companies, and managers of public and amenity spaces to plant flowers, shrubs, hedging and trees for pollinators as well as create and protect nesting habitats.
- Discourage the use of pesticides in gardens and other open spaces.
- Provide information about why pollinators are vital to the production of all our fruit, flowers, nuts and many vegetables – 75% of our food.
- Undertake and support scientific research focusing on pollinators.
- Help people to experience and learn more about pollinators and nature.
- Run educational events and public awareness programmes.
- Work in partnership with other organisations and individuals in Jersey, the Channel Islands, the UK and beyond.
Jersey Project Partners and Sponsors:
- Government Of Jersey
- Jersey Bee Keepers’ Association
- Jersey Biodiversity Centre
- Jersey Trees For Life
- La Societe Jersiaise
- Natural Jersey
- Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society
- The Good Jersey Life
- The National Trust For Jersey
- The Aspiring Jersey Island Geopark