An introduction to the BEESPOKE Project

Venue: Online
11 December 2020 at 10am CET (9am GMT) on-line

Zoom recording of the online introduction to the BEESPOKE Project Webinar on Friday, December 11:

Check out this 3 min. video to learn more about the basic idea of BEESPOKE:

Link to the presentation: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12HU86LRdYN9Mvno_oAJ4VoDauTByAgGt?usp=sharing
 

Programme

10.00 am

Welcome and introduction to the project

John Holland, Project co-ordinator, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (UK)

10.10 am

The development of Beespoke seed mixes and management

Lene Sigsgaard, University of Copenhagen (DK)


Pollinators differ in their effectiveness at pollinating different crops. To increase crop pollination we have developed and are testing crop specific seed mixes that best support the required pollinators. 

10.15 am

Making the most of flower-rich areas

Jojanneke Bijkerk, Owner/Director of Cruydt-Hoeck (NL)


Top tips for selecting the right seed mix, establishment and management.

10.20 am

Case study 1: The value of grassland for pollinators and its enhancement

Dirk Albach, University of Oldenburg (D)


Grasslands are dominating the landscape of many parts of the North Sea region and are usually covered by a single grass species. To improve the attractiveness of these habitats, we experiment with different seed mixes introducing species that are valuable for cows and insects.

10.25 am

Case study 2: Conservation of rare bee species in Belgium

Jens D'Haeseleer, Natuurpunt study (BE)

Enhancing floral resources on farms can also help with the conservation of endangered pollinators. In Belgium the role of flower borders and alfalfa in the conservation of natural pollinators (and the red shanked carder bee in particular)is being explored in the VLM Frontzate demo area.

10.30 am

Evaluation of success 

Michelle Fountain, NIAB EMR (UK)


To determine whether pollination levels are adequate it is essential that there are robust techniques for measuring pollinators and pollination. Protocols for horticultural and arable crops are being tested by the partners and guidelines/training materials will be developed.

10.35 am

1st Q&A Session

10.45 am

Identifying areas that need improvement

Ivan Meeus, University of Ghent (BE) and Arjen Strijkstra, University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein (NL) 


Modelling approaches are being developed and are being tested initially in a case study on sweet cherry in Belgium and another is being developed to estimate the carrying capacity of landscapes for bumblebees.

10.55 am

Implications for policy

Frank Stubbe, Head of AES at Flemish Land Agency Region West (VLM)


If resources for pollinators are to be improved then it is essential that the farmers can obtain financial and legislative support. We are identifying the shortfalls in current AEM schemes in each partners country and will provide recommendations for improvement.

11.00 am

Project outputs and outcomes

Jan-Willem van Kruyssen, Communications Consultant (NL)


Outreach is a key component of the project and we will deliver this through the network of demonstration farms, knowledge exchange events, training materials and guidelines through a variety of modern media.

11.05-11.15

2nd Q&A Session