There are at least 1500 species of insect pollinators in the UK, including the honey bee that normally lives in hives managed by beekeepers. Others, like many species of bumblebees, solitary bees, moths, butterflies and hoverflies live in the wild. They all play a critical role in healthy ecosystems, and they are essential for our food production. More than three quarters of the world’s food crops are in part dependent on pollination. Yet, pollinators are dying. The IUCN European Red List of Threatened Species showed that as many as 24% of Europe’s bumblebee species are now threatened with extinction.