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B-Lines project will reverse decline in insect numbers across South Wales

A project to restore 31 hectares of habitat for pollinating insects in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot has been completed, thanks to a £45,000 grant from Enovert Community Trust. 

The project, delivered by wildlife charity Buglife Cymru, has created a network of wildflower-rich meadows across South Wales that will support local populations of important pollinating insects, including bees, butterflies, moths, flies and beetles. 
Clare Dinham, Manager at Buglife Cymru, said: “Many of our pollinator species in the UK are in serious decline. Last year we published a Wales Threatened Bee report, which found that seven of our bees have gone extinct in Wales, and a further five are on the brink of extinction. Whilst these declines are alarming, they can be reversed by restoring lost flower-rich habitats and connecting up those that remain to enable pollinators to move through our landscape. 
“The South Wales B-Lines initiative will help Buglife, our partners, landowners and communities to enhance conservation efforts for pollinators across our rich and varied landscape. Co-ordinated approaches such as B-Lines are essential in conserving our wild pollinator species.” 
The project has also provided advice, training, workshops and talks to support habitat management for pollinators and to raise awareness of their importance. 
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary at Enovert Community Trust, said: “Insects play a vital role in pollination and the South Wales B-Lines project is a fantastic approach to reversing the decline in insect numbers. Local communities have also benefited from the creation of wildflower-rich areas on publicly accessible sites that everyone can enjoy.”