Bristol University is at the forefront of research being carried out to determine how urban sites across the country could be best managed for encouraging pollinating insects such as honey bees bumble bees and hoverflies.

This is a joint exercise with universities in Reading, Leeds and Edinburgh. This year the Urban Pollinators Project in Bristol has created 15 large meadows in parks and schools across the city in association with Meadow Bristol who are providing many of the meadow sites.  A further 6000sq. m of meadows is being created by Meadow Bristol at 33 sites across the city, including prominent locations at Eastville roundabout and along the road verge of the M32 approaching Bristol. Unfortunately our local St Andrews Park, although volunteered by the Friends of the Park as a site for this project, was deemed too small to allow the creation of a large enough 'study' meadow.

More can be learned about this project at:

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23669941

and at:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/biology/research/ecological/community/pollinators

 

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