Published: 17th Jan 2019

Councils can play a bigger role in conserving bees by increasing the number of allotments in towns and cities, according to a new study. The research, carried out by scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and Reading in collaboration with Cardiff University and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), revealed that gardens and allotments are good for pollinators, and lavender and borage are important garden plants that pollinators use as food sources. The researchers have called on city planners and councils to increase the number of allotments and community gardens in towns and cities, as well as thinking more about garden management in new developments, which could both have a ‘large positive effect’ on pollinators. As part of their study, the team designed a new measure of ‘community robustness’ that considers the stability of whole communities of pollinators, rather than just individual species. Robustness is a measure of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)