- Video report by Hannah McNulty.
Work has begun to transform 60 roadside sites in Cumbria into wildflower habitats to help increase numbers of pollinating insects
They're currently working on the A595 at Distington in west Cumbria. A robot mower is cutting away at some of the grass then raking it to allow more than 20 types of wildflowers to grow.
The project will cost approximately £1.6 million.
More than half of UK bee, butterfly and moth species have declined in the past 50 years, and 30 species of bees face extinction.
Over the last 75 years we’ve lost 97% of our flower rich meadows, 50% of our hedgerows, and 60% of flowering plants are in decline.
Highways England are working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust on some of the sites. The loss of habitat and species is partly down to the urbanisation of areas and road networks and the organisation says it tries to help the environment where possible