West of England B-Lines Project

Buff-tailed bumblebee: Jon Hawkins

Can you imagine trying to travel around Britain without our road and rail network? For much of our wildlife this is the reality, as patches of habitat have become isolated.

Why do we need to take action?

Bees, butterfly and hoverfly numbers have declined rapidly in the last 50 years, due to loss of wildflower-rich habitat. Changes in land use including intensive farming, urban spread and new transport links have had a huge impact.

Over 97% (an area the size of Wales) of all flower-rich grasslands have been lost in Britain since the 1930s.

What are B-Lines? 

B-Lines are wide strips of permanent wildflower-rich habitats that link existing wildlife areas together to create a network. The B stands for Biodiversity.

In partnership with Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and with support from a number of other partner organisations, we have mapped the best routes for the B-Lines network.

Below is the West of England B-Lines. Click here to add your actions for pollinators to the national B-Lines map.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With your support, the B-Lines will create new wildflower habitats along these routes, allowing bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators to move across the landscape. 

Through our work in Avon, we will be contributing to a national pollinator network that will weave across the British countryside and through our towns and cities.  

You can help! 

Help pollinators in your own back garden. Use our  'how to' guides to find out how you can help.

If you're a landowner, please get in touch. We can provide support and advice on restoring and creating meadows. 

Let the B-Lines project know what you're doing to help pollinators so we can build up a picture of the B-Lines being created.

This project has been made possible through grants from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain, Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust, Biffa Award, John Paul Getty, South Gloucestershire Council Environment Grant, Bristol City Council and Wessex Water, with additional support from project partners.