Pollinators are animals that move pollen between different parts of a flower and between flowers. The movement of this pollen allows the plant to be fertilised and therefore to produce fruit and seeds.
Our pollinators include bees, moths, flies, butterflies, wasps and beetles. They provide a vital, free service so our crops grow and our gardens and countryside are full of a variety of colourful plants. Our soft fruit industry is heavily reliant on these little insects, but they are under threat from factors such as habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use.
Since 1980, the trend for pollinators shows an overall decrease of 30%. If our agricultural industry had to use hand pollination instead of insect pollination it would cost an estimated £1.8 billion a year in the UK.
We have a plan for how we can improve the habitats and food sources for pollinators in Kent to reverse their rapid decline, and advice for how you can help too.
Kent's Plan Bee action plan
Find out more about Kent's Plan Bee pollinator action plan and how we aim to help pollinator environments.
How you can help
Understanding what pollinators need will give you a good idea of how you can help them where you live.
Pollinator projects in Kent
Read about the projects to create and restore habitats and protect pollinators.
Discover regular pollinator blogs on the Explore Kent and Kent Wildlife Trust websites to keep up to date with what is happening in the county and find out more about how you can help.
You can now view the results of the pollinator public perception survey that was carried out in May 2021.