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AONB: South Devon

Action for Pollinators

Mapping of habitats and ecological networks builds understanding of how pollinator species move through the landscape, and helps target advice and support where a helping hand is most needed. Strengthening these networks to make core habitat blocks bigger, taking opportunities to join them together and allowing pollinators species access to a greater range of high-quality habitat has been central to this project. Work to improve the area’s nightscapes, will also help bees, who’s behaviour is affected by artificial lighting in dim light conditions.

Bee behaviour research partnership projects with Exeter University have been funded by NERC and other research grants. PhD students have contributed an applied insight to our work in piloting biodiversity corridors with our partners Buglife, the national invertebrate charity co-ordinating the B-lines project.

Research on how bees navigate using landmarks in our landscapes is critical to sustaining thriving viable populations in the long term. Using the South Devon AONB as a real life outdoor laboratory and the lessons learnt quickly applied to choices in farm and land management practices, particularly in the context of Devon Hedges has helped to target conservation efforts increasing habitat connectivity in projects like the Corridors and Connections element of the Wild Wembury project and the Avon Farm Facilitation project.