Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops

Project description: 

Insects pollinate 80% of all plant species in Europe, including most fruits, many vegetables and some biofuel crops. Their service is worth up to £440 million/year in the UK and their current decline might affect UK crop production. Questions this project seeks to answer, include: Which pollinators pollinate insect-dependent crops? Is the lack of wild pollinators currently limiting agricultural production in the UK? How can the supply of managed honeybees for crop pollination be improved? Will climate change affect UK crop pollination? The results to these questions will provide knowledge that can be applied to decisions about crop, landscape and pollinator management practices in the UK. Maps, at a national-scale, are produced to show the distribution of insect pollinators, and the pollination service they provide for various crops.

Organisations involved: 

University of Leeds, University of Reading, BBSRC funded study

Scale of project: 
National: Great Britain; Local: field sites in the Leeds and Reading areas
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Contact name: 
Mike Garratt
Contact job title: 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Reading
Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Earley, Reading, RG6 6BZ
0118 3786149