UK urban meadows hope to help pollinators get buzzing
The UK has lost an estimated 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s
Researchers have planted flower meadows in four UK cities as part of a study to improve understanding of urbanisation on insect pollinators.
Continuing development means that urban areas are growing, and researchers are gathering data to see if floral-rich city habitats would benefit wildlife.
The Urban Pollinators Project is the first citywide survey of its kind to assess the role of all urban habitats.
The team plan to share their findings at a conference next year
The three-year £1.3m project involves scientists from four UK universities – Bristol, Reading, Leeds and Edinburgh – and is now in its final year.
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Posted on 21st August 2013