Urban Pollinators

There are a growing number of websites, like the one above, that simply bring attention to an important issue in the ever-urbanizing world: how important plant life is to human life, and (not incidentally) the importance of how those plants get pollinated.  Click here for perhaps the leading blog on this issue, at least in the UK, which seems to lead the world on paying attention to this issue. The Guardian‘s Alys Fowler is the most consistent supporter in the journalistic world:

Alys Fowler pictured in her garden, which she has planted to provide as much food as possible for pollinating insects. Our native pollinators – bumbles and solitary bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths, as well as the honeybee – are in decline as their traditional habitats such as lowland wildflower meadows are lost. Photograph: Sophia Evans

The Urban Pollinators Project is the largest study of pollinators in the UK so far. It has been running for three years in Edinburgh, Leeds, Reading and Bristol, and is a collaboration between universities, city councils and wildlife trusts. The project looks at three habitats: nature reserves, farms and cities, to create a systematic approach to understanding what lives where and why. Photograph: Sophia Evans

“There is an awful lot of potential forage in cities,” Professor Jane Memmott from Bristol University says. “Bumblebee nest densities have been shown to be relatively high in gardens compared with some countryside habitats.” Photograph: Sophia Evans

Alys Fowler’s garden is packed full of plants that pollinators love. The Urban Pollinators Project has found that allotments and gardens are good for insects. The most visited plant species in all the urban habitats sampled were weeds such as dandelions and lawn daisies. Photograph: Sophia Evans

Alys Fowler on her allotment. She edges paths with lawn daisies, which are excellent food plants for pollinators. If they start to colonise too much space Alys simply uproots them. Photograph: Sophia Evans

To read more about the Urban Pollinators Project, read Alys Fowler’s feature and visit the Urban Pollinators Project blog. Photograph: Sophia Evans

Alys digging on her allotment. She recommends leaving some weeds around for pollinators to forage from. Alys grows creeping buttercups along the fence line and dead-nettles growing among her sage. Photograph: Sophia Evans

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