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Forage for pollinators in an agricultural landscape

Today the International Bee Research Association launches an important book about food for pollinators at the British Beekeepers Association Spring Convention at Harper Adams University College.

Bees and other insect pollinators have intrinsic cultural value and play an essential role in the diversity and resilience of our plant and animal life, through the pollination of agricultural crops and wild plants. Changes in land use which have led to a reduction in the food available for pollinating insects are thought to be a major contributor to their recent well documented declines in abundance and diversity. Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy, subject of a current consultation, aims to ensure that all of the approximately 1,500 insect pollinator species in England thrive and provide essential pollination services for agriculture and the wider environment. It is therefore timely that IBRA is now republishing this volume, first published twenty years ago. The book’s six chapters cover the changes in land use that occurred during the twentieth century and their effects on the availability of forage plants, important nectar sources for honey bees, and farmland as a habitat for bumble bees and for solitary bees. The remaining two chapters cover the use of forage mixtures for pollinators and what can be done in practice to encourage pollinator forage.


IBRA Science Director Norman Carreck says: “This little book, which has sadly been unavailable for some time, provides sound information about the changes in land use which have reduced food availability for pollinators, their effects on insect populations, and possible strategies for reversing these changes”.

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Norman Carreck, Science Director, IBRA +44 (0)791 8670169 Email:


Sarah Jones, Bookshop Manager IBRA Tel:+44 (0)29 2037 2409 Email:


1. The book “Forage for pollinators in an agricultural landscape” ISBN: 978-0-86098-277-7 is available
from IBRA price £10.00:-

2. Information about the British Beekeepers Spring Convention is available at:-

3. Information about the Insect Pollinator Strategy is available at:-

4. The International Bee Research Association (“IBRA”) is the world’s longest established apicultural research publishers and promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide.

5. IBRA publishes the peer reviewed scientific journal the Journal of Apicultural Research, founded by IBRA in 1962. It includes original research articles, theoretical papers; scientific notes and comments; together with authoritative reviews on scientific aspects of the biology, ecology, natural history, conservation and culture of all types of bee. The ISI Impact Factor (2012) is 1.926 and the ISI 5-year Impact Factor is 1.447:-

6. IBRA publishes Bee World, founded by the Apis Club in 1919. This is now an accessible and topical journal containing the latest bee research, news, reviews and other relevant information for the bee scientist, beekeeper, and anyone with an interest in bees:-

7. IBRA publishes and sells books on bee science, bee conservation and beekeeping and also provides bee information services. IBRA is a Registered Charity, and its Council of Trustees boasts some of the world’s leading bee scientists.

8. Membership of IBRA costs just £36.00 annually. Membership benefits include receipt of four quarterly issues of Bee World and discount on all IBRA publications.

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