There is a steep decline in UK native species, as over 1 in 7 are now threatened with extinction. 70% of butterfly species have declined in occurrence since 1976. However, only a third of the nation is worried about this steep decline. Only a quarter of us take the time to enjoy wildlife once a month with 1 in 5 never taking the time to enjoy local wildlife. As a nation, we are disconnected from our environment.

But there is some hope! By providing safe havens in our outdoor spaces (big or small) we can help our wildlife make a comeback. Research has shown that urban gardens that are allowed to grow wilder with less pesticide use have more species of bumblebees and other invertebrates than those gardens that are kept tidy.

That’s why alongside our charity partner for 2023, Naturehood, we have teamed up with wildlife enthusiast Michaela Strachan to encourage all of us to have a Pollinator Picnic this summer!


How do I get involved?

Taking part in Pollinator Picnic is easy, sign up to get your free Pollinator Picnic pack, grab your family or friends and head out to your garden or local park for a fantastic picnic. Just click on the button below to register for your Pollinator Picnic.


What is a pollinator?

A pollinator is any animal that helps plants reproduce by moving pollen between plants. These animals include bees, hoverflies, butterflies, beetles, and other insects. The insects visit the plant’s flowers to drink nectar and the pollen sticks to their bodies, this is then transferred to another plant when the animal moves on to feed on the next flower.

Why are pollinators important

Around 75% of crop plants require some degree of animal pollination, including many of our everyday fruit and vegetables. Without pollination, we wouldn’t be able to grow enough food to eat.

Key Pollinator Statistics

1-in-7 of our native species is threatened with extinction

41% of species assessed have decreased in population since 1970

70% of butterfly species have declined in occurrence and 57% have declined in abundance since 1976.