The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, has welcomed an announcement by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, confirming the creation of a £60,000 fund to develop and test pollinator habitat mapping.
The new fund aims to boost the number of pollinator-friendly landscapes and protect wildlife health.
Welcoming the move, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:
“During my time working alongside Ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs I saw first-hand their commitment to protecting our pollinators.
“This echoed the views of hundreds of my constituents, who have highlighted to me how passionately they feel about protecting our pollinators. As their MP I have listened and campaigned incredibly hard to secure protections for our bees and other pollinators.
“I am therefore delighted by this announcement, which recognises the important role of bees and other pollinators within our ecosystem and will not only protect our bee population but also help to increase it.”
As Eastleigh’s MP, Mims is committed to protecting and improving the natural environment and has been central to the Government’s work in reducing plastic waste, banning the ivory trade and bringing forward the strongest ever protections for Ancient Woodland and Veteran Trees within the updated National Planning Police Framework.
Alongside Ministers, she recently celebrated the launch of the Conservative Environment Network Cactus with MPs including fellow environmental campaigners Zac Goldsmith and Rebecca Pow. CEN has gained the support from the European Climate Foundation.