Operation Pollinator
"Our experience is that, with the Operation Pollinator management programme, the numbers of wildflowers in the sward, the colour they provide and the number of insects it supports just goes on getting better and better every year. It looks fantastic and, on a summers' afternoon, it's just alive with the buzz of insects."

Dr Ruth Mann
Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI)

Operation Pollinator supporters:

What is Operation Pollinator?

Operation Pollinator is a new project designed to reverse the plight of bumblebees and pollinating insects in the UK, by creating valuable new habitats in out of play areas of golf courses.

Its aim is to establish a total of 250 hectares of pollen and nectar rich habitat on up to 500 golf courses across the UK over the next three years to provide the essential food sources and nesting sites for pollinating insects - including bumblebees and other important wild bees - creating the foundation for enhanced biodiversity.

Operation Pollinator provides the knowledge, expertise and experience to assist with the successful management of wildflower habitats in out-of-play rough, alongside the conventional management of the golf course.

The Operation Pollinator Programme is based on the experience gained from the scientifically acclaimed 5-year Buzz Project*and over four years of trials on golf courses by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).

* The Buzz Project was set up by Syngenta to create a scientific evaluation of environmental benefits from habitat creation under a range of soil types and conditions, and to provide the practical information for their management. The Buzz Project was funded by Syngenta, Unilever and Defra and independently monitored by The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

How do you get involved?

Further Operation Pollinator training, development and ongoing support for UK and Ireland greenkeepers and club managers will be provided by the STRI.

Click here to register for an Operation Pollinator workshop and we will contact you with details of your local events.

Click here to see why your golf club should get involved