CALL FOR WILTSHIRE COUNCIL TO DEVELOP AN URGENT POLLINATOR ACTION PLAN

All Councillors and MPs in Wiltshire

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Our native pollinators (bees and other pollinating insects) are in danger of going extinct due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change. It is time for urgent action.

Under Sections 40 and 41 of the NERC Act 2006, local authorities are obliged to conserve biodiversity. Although there is a National Pollinator Strategy, it needs to be translated into local actions taken by local authorities. A number of councils (like Cornwall, Devon and Dorset) have already developed their own pollinator action plans. We want Wiltshire Council to urgently join this effort before it is too late.

We are calling on Wiltshire Council to develop and implement an urgent pollinator action plan, which would include helping pollinators through regulatory functions to protect and enhance pollinator habitats, using land for the benefit of pollinators, banning the use of pesticides, identifying previously unknown opportunities for pollinators, raising awareness in the wider community, adopting wildlife-friendly schemes for street lighting, and identifying opportunities for collaborative and locally-owned initiatives. The action plan should help ensure that local pollinator populations recover and are able to provide beneficial pollination services to farming and other food producers.

The benefits of conserving local pollinators would include improved and increased biodiversity, an improved local environment for the enjoyment of local residents, and potential savings on management of green spaces.

Half of our 27 bumblebee species are in decline. Three of these bumblebee species have already gone extinct. Across Europe 38% of bee and hoverfly species are in decline. Two-thirds of our moths are in long term decline. 71% of our butterflies are also in decline.

There is no more time to lose. The time for action has come!

Petition by
Adrienne Solti
Warminster, United Kingdom

To: All Councillors and MPs in Wiltshire
From: [Your Name]

We are calling on Wiltshire Council to develop and implement an urgent pollinator action plan, which would include helping pollinators through regulatory functions to protect and enhance pollinator habitats, using land for the benefit of pollinators, banning the use of neonicotinoid ​pesticides, identifying previously unknown opportunities for pollinators, raising awareness in the wider community, and identifying opportunities for collaborative and locally-owned initiatives. The action plan should help ensure that local pollinator populations recover and are able to provide beneficial pollination services to farming and other food producers​.