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23 October, 2019

Developers urged to help pollinators

Developers urged to help pollinators: Bumble Bee feeding on ragwort flower heads ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Developers are being encouraged to do more to help butterflies, bees and other pollinators in our towns and cities.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has published new guidance for the planning and construction industry to create a more resilient and nature-rich urban environment.

Pollinators including bees, wasps, moths, butterflies and flies are vital for our biodiversity, but populations face challenges due to changes in land use, habitat loss, diseases, pesticides and climate change.

The new guide offers advice on how best to fit pollinators into urban design and construction with a series of easy to follow steps to suit all project budgets and sizes.

Wildflower meadows, flowering trees, hedgerows, nectar-rich plants and herbs, window boxes, green roofs, living walls and sustainable drainage systems can all help expand the habitats of pollinators.

As well as helping nature, these simple steps create more attractive environments for living, working and travelling, support local authorities in meeting biodiversity priorities and contribute to developers’ corporate social responsibility.

Improving pollinator habitat can also help save money – for example the cost savings from reducing the mowing of parks and road verges.

SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska said: “The recent State of Nature report set out clearly the pressures our biodiversity is under and, like much of our wildlife, pollinators are facing a multitude of challenges.

“Improving our urban greenspace will provide vital habitat and can also help us adapt to and mitigate climate change.

“High-quality developments that protect and enhance our nature are good not just for businesses but importantly for people too, with attractive greenspace in urban areas known to boost our health and wellbeing.

“I’d encourage everyone in the sector to take a look at this guide and consider how they could do more to plan for pollinators and help create a nature-rich future for everyone in Scotland.”


For more information, contact the SNH press office on or 0131 316 2655.

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Notes to editors

Read the full Pollinators in Planning and Construction guidance.

SNH’s Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017 – 2027 sets out a 10-year plan to address pollinator decline and help pollinating insects thrive.

Scottish Natural Heritage is Scotland's nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. We work to ensure that all nature in Scotland - our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species - is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits. It is the job of all of us to achieve a balance in the sensitive management of our natural world in order to maintain and enhance biodiversity. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at

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Bumble Bee feeding on ragwort flower heads ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Bumble Bee feeding on ragwort flower heads ©Lorne Gill/SNH

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Wildflower meadow in Perth © Lorne Gill/SNH

Wildflower meadow in Perth © Lorne Gill/SNH

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An example of a living wall at SNH's Battleby office © Alice Brawley/SNH

An example of a living wall at SNH's Battleby office © Alice Brawley/SNH

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