The Urban Pollinators project is researching insect pollinators in urban habitats in the UK. The project is funded under the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative and runs from 2011 until 2014. The project is led by the University of Bristol, with academic partners at the University of Reading, University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh.


Urban environments are growing across the UK, and perhaps surprisingly, flower-rich oases in otherwise uninviting city habitats can support large numbers of pollinators.

Pollinators supply a crucial ecological service, and finding ways to improve their lot is a major challenge. More »

Academic partners

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Reading
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds

Project partners

  • Avon Wildlife Trust
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • National Museum of Wales
  • Berkshire Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Bristol City Council
  • The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Reading Borough Council

Funding bodies

  • Wellcome Trust
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • The Scottish Government
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs