100 wild bee species in Dutch town


This video from England is called Wicken’s Wild Bees.

Translated from the environmentalists of De Ulebelt in Deventer in the Netherlands:

More than a hundred wild bee species in Deventer

Message issued on Friday, November 30, 2012

Things go well with bees in Deventer. This is evident from the survey by Jan Smit and three co-researchers done as part of the “Year of the Bee“. 103 different species of wild bees are found in Deventer, which is many more than expected. Of these species, nineteen are on the Red List.

In 1999, bee expert Arie Koster did a similar survey in Deventer. Then, fifteen locations were examined and a total of 36 species of wild bees were found. Of the areas examined then, six were re-inventoried now, also two additional areas were included. In these eight areas now significantly more species were found than in 1999, a total of 103 species. This is much more than expected.

More than 55 percent of all wild bee species in the Netherlands are on the Red List, making bees one of the most endangered animal groups in our country. In Deventer the Red List species include the banded mining bee, Andrena labiata, Nomada fulvicornis, Nomada guttulata … . Wasps are also included in the present study. In total 63 species of wasps were found from seven different families.

… Besides management advice for the public space, you can also also provide a good environment for bees yourself. This is accomplished by nesting opportunities and flowers in your garden.

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14 thoughts on “100 wild bee species in Dutch town

  1. Bees area very important for pollination, it’s sad that bees seem to be on the decline in many area’s. I agree, we who are able must help with their habitat as best we can before it’s too late. SN.

      • Yes indeed and not just for bees. The key factors in the countryside are loss of habitat, herbicides and pesticides, increased field size (more production less untouched margins), loss of hedgerows, loss of water filled ditches and ponds and less mixed farming. There is growing pressure from conservation groups in the UK to persuade farmers to have ecology in mind. Some farmers have fully understood the problem and responded to this and hopefully this fine example will taken on by the whole farming community. Pressure for more food production and thus more income for farmers has brought us to this point but people are starting to realise that we are ‘cutting our own throats’, as far as ecology and biodiversity are concerned which are also vitally important to the balance we need for farming and wildlife alike. SN

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