Welcome to the Lower Merion and Narberth Pollinator Pathway!

 

The Lower Merion and Narberth Pollinator Pathway is a collaboration between the Lower Merion Conservancy, the Narberth Area Garden Club, the Friends of West Mill Creek Park, the Penn Valley Civic Association, and local residents to encourage the establishment of a corridor of pollinator and stream-friendly public and private properties within our local watersheds.

Implementation Ideas

  • Convert lawn areas to ecologically more valuable plantings

  • Capture stormwater by creating shallow depressions in your yard that are planted with deeply-rooted native plants (rain depression pollinator gardens)

  • Add new native trees, shrubs, and perennials throughout your landscape

  • Protect existing native trees

  • Create native streamside buffers

  • Create pollinator garden planters where in-ground planting is not possible

  • Instead of using pesticides, encourage natural insect predators by maintaining diverse and sustainable habitats

  • Avoid or reduce road salt and other ice melts

Contact the Lower Merion Conservancy to purchase a 6” sign showing your yard on the Pollinator Pathway and/or request a free Stream Smart housecall to learn more about nature-based solutions to water contamination and flooding that can also benefit pollinators.

Signs are $10 and can be picked up at the Conservancy.

 

Email Tom Clark at Tom@lmconservancy.org or
call the Conservancy at 610-645-9030.

Simple Steps to be on the Pathway

  • Plant native plants for habitat and stormwater management

  • Remove non-native invasive species over time (and replace with native plants)

  • Avoid using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers

  • Leave winter habitat for pollinators (leaves, stems)

Benefits of joining the pathway

Cooperation across our landscapes—that are otherwise fragmented by property lines, roads, and buildings—could reunite the natural world that we depend on.

 

Native plants not only benefit pollinators but also help to support the biodiversity of all animals.  Because insects evolved with our native plants, they depend on them for food, particularly in their larval stages.  The caterpillars of essential pollinators like butterflies and moths are a main food source for reproducing songbirds, and these caterpillars cannot live on non-native plants in traditional landscapes. 

 

Pollinators also cross-pollinate trees, shrubs, and wildflowers ensuring that they produce viable fruit and seed to help repopulate our woodlands and feed migrating birds.  Native plant corridors could also be the refuge animals need as they move from less hospitable environments during climate change. 

 

Providing pollinator habitat connected with neighbors ensures a healthy continuation of nature, clean air, climate mitigation, healthier streams, and living landscapes that delight us with their animation.