Following a consultation on a draft strategy earlier this year, Scottish Land & Estates have been invited to sit on a working group for this strategy. The purpose of the working group is to progress the current strategy and develop an implementation plan. The Strategy sets out the current situation for our pollinators (honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees and hoverflies) and the reasons why action is urgent and the conservation challenges which we need to meet.
The first meeting took place this week in Perth, attended by Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Government, SAS, Buglife, Scottish Environment Link (represented by Plantlife), Scottish Bee Keepers and NFU Scotland. The group seeks to prepare a document which is ambitious, practical and builds on those currently published for other parts of the UK and importantly which all contributors of the working group feel they are able to support and implement.
During the meeting time was spent discussing and aligning the aims and objectives of the strategy and discussing ideas around the design and content of a implementation plan.