When you think about the benefits of having insects around, pollination is probably the first thing you think of. There’s a good reason for this, since 87% of all plant species require animal pollination and most of this is delivered by insects. In fact, around three-quarters of all crop types grown by humans need to be pollinated by insects.
Bees often spring to mind as our key pollinators, but many other insects play important roles too like hoverflies, moths and even wasps. Kent is home to many rare species of pollinator and is one of the most diverse counties for these insects.
Kent Wildlife Trust’s Bee Road work, part of the Making a Buzz for the Coast project led by Bumblebee Conservation Trust, is aiming to help these species by providing better connected and managed habitat on road verges. These wilder verges help to safeguard some of Kent’s rarest pollinators, such as the shrill carder bee, sea aster bee and fiery clearwing moth.