Small-scale conservation projects in Dutch cities are sowing the seeds for a bee recovery, according to a nationwide bee census conducted in April. Some 11,000 volunteers took part in the annual survey, which appeared to show an increase in bee numbers in urban areas.
Recent years have seen the Netherlands subtly adapt its cities to make them more hospitable to pollinators. Bee hotels in parks and gardens, green roofs on bus stops, and wildflowers planted along grass verges are among the tactics deployed to address declines in bee numbers.
Koos Biesmeijer, head of Naturalis, a biodiversity charity behind the survey, said: “If everybody does their bit, then you can really transform landscapes. If you put in habitats for them, bees can thrive.”
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