Wednesday, 11 February 2015

City Lickers?


There is an interesting report that towns and cities may be more friendly to pollinating bees than the 'countryside' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31359984). The most obvious reason is that towns and cities generally have flowers throughout most of the year (in parks and gardens) whereas agriculture generally means than the monocultures (if they flower much at all) only do so for very limited time periods. This could well result in town bees getting small amounts of regular nectar throughout the non-winter seasons whereas the country-based insects will get exposed to a food followed by famine regime. Perhaps we need a bit more variety in our agricultural regions.

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