tech2 News StaffMay 20, 2019 18:12:09 IST
Brent, a borough in London, is building a 'bee corridor’ that will run seven miles. This path will pass through parks and other open spaces. After studying bees in Great Britain over the years 1980-2013, when their numbers saw a steady decline in the population of pollinators. To counteract this decline, the council has decided to plant wildflowers to attract the bees.
These pollinating insects are important in the grander scheme of things. They help maintain the ecosystem health and for food security all over the world. Around 75 percent of crop species, 35 percent of global crop production, and up to 88 percent of flowering plant species are dependent on insect pollinators to reproduce and survive.
Habitat loss, excessive use of pesticides, climate change and infestation of other species are the main threats to these hardworking insects.
Seven mile long corridor of wildflowers has been created in the London borough of Brent and should be ready for pollinators this summer! #bees #pollinators https://t.co/wFSvU4x4E9 pic.twitter.com/A1KC3UAP8t
— BBKA (@britishbee) May 6, 2019
The 11-kilometre-corridor will have 22 wildflower meadows and be prepared just in time for summer in London. The researchers are hopefully their strategy will boost the number of pollinating insects like butterflies, bees, dragonflies and moths in the city. The project is already underway, with engineers ploughing plots to be sowed. Ragged robin, cowslip and common poppy seeds are among flowering plants sown to attract the insects.
Wonderful chat with @GregMcTweets & @VanessaOnAir on @BBCRadioLondon this morning about @Brent_Council’s exciting new #BeeCorridor 🐝 ! We are totally buzzing about this! #SaveTheBees #BoostingBiodiversity #WildflowerMeadows #loveBrent pic.twitter.com/kU6Pvn2lxq
— Cllr Krupa Sheth (@kkrupas) May 8, 2019
Whether successful or not, the meadows are sure to bring a bright burst of colour for residents of Brent, London when they visit these parks.