We would be happy to share our newsletter with you!

Get insight into our current project activities, research work and receive the latest BEESPOKE guides and invitations

You can subscribe to our mailing list here!

The BEESPOKE project

BEESPOKE is a project funded by the North Sea Region Programme.

Insect pollination is worth €15 Billion in the EU, but the number of wild pollinators is decreasing due to loss of flower-rich habitats. As a response the EU adopted a pollinator initiative in 2018. The North Sea Region (NSR) is one of the most productive agricultural areas, but pollinators are in decline across the region.

The BEESPOKE overall objective is to increase the number of pollinators and crop pollination on local and landscape scale by providing new expertise, tools and financial knowledge to land managers and policy makers, in order to create more sustainable and resilient agro-ecosystems.

BEESPOKE brings a wide range of partners together – from policy makers, research institutes, advisory and end users from six different NSR-countries – to develop new products and approaches to increase the diversity of insect pollinators and crop yields by 10%. We will develop bespoke seed mixes and habitat management guidelines to support the suite of pollinators required for 14 crop types on 72 demonstration sites.

Sites for each crop will showcase best management practices, and training materials will be developed for biodiversity monitoring and for measuring pollination. The same type of agro-ecosystems occur across the NSR and transnational cooperation will give economies of scale for development of these novel tools.

This approach will enable land managers to adopt pollinator management as a routine practice, fostering a bottom-up land manager approach, ensuring a continuing improvement of crop pollination by insects.

Latest Project News

Preliminary research results by NIAB entomologist Celine Silva

25 January 2023

The BEESPOKE project has been developing a range of seed mixes for planting on farms to help reverse the decline in pollinators. These have been targ…

Read more

New paper: the benefits of better designed wildflower mixes

13 January 2023

A new paper shows the compared to standard mixes.

These results were published as part of the Ph…

Read more

Dutch info session: How can wild bees and farmers help out each other?

10 January 2023

For our Dutch speaking audience 🇧🇶🇧🇪
How can wild bees and farmers help out each other?
Our partners from

Read more

7th Partner Meeting in Leiden, NL

19 December 2022

The BEESPOKE partners came together in Leiden (NL) for an inspiring Project Review Meeting (14-15 December 2022).
Many thanks to

Read more

BEESPOKE is on Instagram now!

19 December 2022

We are on Instagram now! 🐝
We just launched our account @beespoke_nsr, follow us to stay updated with the project, get inspired and learn how t…

Read more