Bees thriving in cities including Hull

Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull has been central to a new report which suggests that there are more wild bee varieties in urban areas than in rural places.

The city was one of 12 areas examined by Bristol University.

Researchers say that the study shows greater emphasis should be placed on built-up regions playing a part in bee conservation.

They counted bumble bees, honey bees and other pollinating insects in Hull and other parts of the UK.

Urban allotments and gardens containing flowers offered food supplies for bees throughout the year, the research showed.

The findings suggested that bees, which are currently at risk from pesticides, disease and loss of habitat, actually thrive as much in conurbations as they do in nature reserves and farms.

Study leader Katherine Baldock called on authorities to make urban landscapes more central to saving bees from decline.

Dr Baldock said that the UK is made up of 7% of such areas and claimed that they could be controlled so that they could be even better for pollinators such as bees,

Other urban areas studied were Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Cardiff, Swindon, Reading, Greater London, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

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Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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