Plan Bee: How can Society Respond to Pollinator Decline?

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

EVENING MEETING 18:00–19:00 Thursday 15 June 2017

Centris nitens © Catalina Angel
Centris nitens © Catalina Angel

Pollinator decline has become one of the most well-known environmental issues of today. Absolutely everyone seems to be aware that bees are in trouble, and most are keen to do something positive to help. With dramatic pesticide policy changes in Europe, and governments all over the world signing up to protect pollinators, there couldn’t be a better time to define strategic actions.

In this talk, Dr Lynn Dicks will first introduce the ‘pollinators’ of the world – a very diverse group of animals. She will examine the scientific understanding of pollinator decline – what do we actually know and where are the uncertainties? She will discuss the challenges of synthesizing scientific knowledge with ‘Indigenous and Local Knowledge’ on pollinators from around the world, and set out a ten point plan for supporting pollinators globally.

Dr Lynn Dicks is a NERC Research Fellow at University of East Anglia. She has worked on pollinator ecology and conservation for almost 10 years. She published Bee Conservation in 2010 and was a Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPBES global assessment report on pollinators and pollination in 2016. Dr Dicks’ research focuses on how to manage wild pollinators in intensively farmed landscapes to secure and enhance their services as crop pollinators.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.