||<p>Defra recognises the importance of pollinators, including bees, and their value
to food security and sustaining the natural environment. This is why Defra published
the National Pollinator Strategy in November 2014:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pollinator-strategy-for-bees-and-other-pollinators-in-england"
</p><p>The Strategy is a ten-year plan to bring about the best possible conditions
for pollinators to flourish across all land types. It identifies specific policy and
evidence actions for government and others, and actions that everyone can take to
help expand food, shelter and nest sites. The Strategy also seeks to address key gaps
in our understanding about the status of pollinators.</p><p>To raise public awareness
a ‘Call to Action’, “Bees’ Needs: Food and a Home” (<a href="http://www.beesneeds.org.uk/"
target="_blank">www.beesneeds.org.uk</a>) was launched in July 2014. This is a simple
message on the essential needs of pollinators and how to fulfil them.</p>