Avon Wildlife Trust Chair of Trustees Wins Major Conservation Award

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Avon Wildlife Trust Chair of Trustees, Jane Memmott, Professor of Ecology at University of Bristol, has won a prestigious RSPB award together with her team of researchers. The RSPB Centre for Conservation Science award for a scientific paper of high conservation importance, was given to Jane and her team for research measuring the value of wild flowers as food for pollinators and providing new evidence to support the link between plant and pollinator decline.

Their research paper, with Dr Mathilde Baude as lead author, ‘Historical nectar assessment reveals the fall and rise of floral resources in Britain’ was published by the journal Nature in February 2016 and featured as the front page story for that week’s edition of the magazine. It was chosen by a team of 70 scientists who work on global conservation issues for the RSPB and the award was given at an event this week.

Jane Memmott said: “It’s brilliant for the whole research team to receive an award like this for our work and from one of the biggest environmental charities too.

“This project was run by a team of scientists and between us we measured the decline of nectar production from the 1950s to the current day and showed that there had been a 31 percent decrease in the nectar available to pollinators during this period.”

The findings of the research underline the important role urban areas can play in providing some of the nectar that has gone missing from the countryside as many garden flowers are good for pollinators, supporting and increasing the populations of pollinating insects.