Pollinators are a variety of species that are responsible for the pollination or fertilisation of crops and flowers, with a third of food crops, including broad beans, runner beans, blueberries and raspberries, being totally reliant on bee pollination.

A large proportion of pollinators are flies, including more than 250 species of hoverfly. Bees make up about a quarter of the pollinating insects and in the UK alone there are approximately 250 species of bee, 24 species of bumblebee, 225 species of solitary bee and just one species of honeybee. Butterflies and moths are also pollinators as well as bugs and beetles.

In line with the council's Climate Emergency Response, steps are being taken to prioritise pollinators. Dependant on the location of a verge, pollinators are prioritised in various ways, these methods can include:

  • planting pollinator friendly plants
  • not mowing grass verges when wildflowers of significance are in season
  • reduced weed removal in the area of pollinator sights

Less maintained verges and weeds provide the perfect environment for pollinators and wildflowers. They provide a good food source and cuckoo flower or ladies smock can encourage native butterflies to lay on them.

View the full list of pollinator sites in Wirral

You can suggest locations to us online where pollinators can be prioritised. This will help to shape the sites that will be trialled and reviewed for next year's mowing schedule, where practical.

Less maintained verges and weeds provide the perfect environment for pollinators and wildflowers not only provide a good food source, but cuckoo flower or ladies smock can encourage native butterflies to lay on them.

Action Plan

The council’s initial Pollinator Action Plan, agreed in February 2020, aimed to trial two locations as pollinator sites. Driven by the work of the Steering Group of the Parks and Countryside Partnership and Performance Board, the action plan will see:

  • mowing schedules reviewed yearly
  • new plantings that are good for pollinators
  • a review on the use of herbicides and pesticides
  • a programme of pollinator events and activities at Wirral Parks
  • promotion of ‘Bee Friendly’ information

Continued engagement will be undertaken with the board, Friends Groups and Wirral Wildlife to carry out this plan and it will be reviewed through its five-year lifespan.

Full list of pollinator sites

Road name Ward
Church Rd Bebington
Lever Causeway Bebington
Parkfield Rd Bebington
Dock Road South W- (inland-)side Bromborough
Dock Road South, E side, semi-circle by Mersey Wharf sign only Bromborough
Riverbank Rd from N end going east Bromborough
Riverbank Rd going S from bend Bromborough
Stanley Rd Bromborough
Stanley Rd / New Chester Rd Bromborough
Mereworth Caldy
Thornton Common Rd / Clatterbridge Rd Roundabout Clatterbridge
Old Clatterbridge Rd by field, opposite Dutton Drive Clatterbridge
Old Clatterbridge Rd by Dutton Drive Clatterbridge
Noctorum Way Claughton
Mill Park Drive, Thornleigh Ave to Stretton Close Eastham
Stretton Close Eastham
Lowfields Ave Eastham
Wingate Rd Eastham
Bettisfield Ave / Bronington Ave Eastham
Hillary Rd Eastham
Plymyard Ave / Eastham Rake Eastham
Kelsall Ave / Helsby Rd Eastham
Scafell Close Eastham
Mere Park Road, Malmesbury Close, Bromsgrove Road, Willow Park POS Greasby
Oldfield Lane Greasby
Farr Hall Rd / Delavor Rd Heswall
Hoyle Rd Hoylake
Heathbank Irby
Thingwall Rd Irby
Mill Hill Rd Irby
Loomsway Irby
School Lane Meols
Dovepoint Rd Meols
Forest Rd Meols
Roman Rd (S + N ends) Meols
Meols Parade Meols
Forest Rd / Birkenhead Rd Meols
Birkenhead Rd north verge Meols
Birkenhead Rd south verge Meols
Guffitts Rake Meols
Guffitts Close Meols
24 Deneshey Rd Meols
Town Meadow Lane, opposite shops Moreton
Flaxhill Moreton
Dips, New Brighton New Brighton
Howson / Gothic / Ionic St Rock Ferry
Old Chester Rd / Highfield South Rock Ferry
Sandpiper Close Saughall Massie
Bracken lane / Mount Rd Storeton
Landican Lane Thingwall
Arrowe Park Road Upton
Royden Rd Upton
Woodchurch Estate Upton
Dereham Avenue Upton
Norwich drive Upton
King St Wallasey
Sea Rd Wallasey
Column Rd near Caldy roundabout West Kirby
Walby Close Woodchurch

Wildflower mix is sown and dug over at a number of roundabouts around Wirral.

All of these locations will be reviewed for next year's schedule according to their suitability as a pollinator site.