COVID19: an Opportunity for Operation Pollinator?

With reduced maintenance and reduced traffic, is Mother Nature flourishing without our intervention and does this represent an opportunity for Operation Pollinator?

Bombus pascuorum bumblebee

With everything that’s going on at the moment it probably seems like a strange time to talk about signing up to Operation Pollinator (which, incidentally is really easy to do).

Sophie Oleinik STRI

Sophie Oleinik, STRI Senior Environment Consultant has written this article for us on Greencast which got me thinking about how things will be a little different this year.

With reduced maintenance and reduced traffic, is nature flourishing without our intervention? Mother nature does a great job of sorting herself out if we only leave her alone to get on with it. This year has enabled us to do that whilst we concentrate on the essential areas of the course.

The question for me is on return to “normal” (whatever that may look like), how many of those “environmental wins” can we hold onto?

I hope we can cling onto more than we had going into this, possibly some naturalisation of some bunker edges, a few more woodland edges flanked by longer grass and maybe a out of play areas such as tee banks allowed to revert back to something that would shelter small mammals?

Woodland log pile for wildlife

So from where I’m sitting now is the perfect time to talk about Operation Pollinator – it’s not always about the things you do – sometimes it’s the things you don’t do that are worth shouting about.

Sign up to Operation Pollinator and be proud of what you’re achieving.

While you’re at it you can download the free Bee Indentification Guide. There are 24 species of bumble bee in the UK. A

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