More bee hotels, flowering plants in public spaces, native plants on bus stop roofs and a reduction of chemical spraying are just some of the 70 initiatives used in Dutch cities to encourage a healthy bee population. And, after experiencing continuous decline since the 1940’s, the latest results are hopeful.
While there is hope for the urban bees, it may be too late for the rural populations… “Unfortunately the pressure on farmers for increased output, means farmlands no longer have space for nature.”
Take a look at this Guardian report on the latest Dutch urban bee counts.
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