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UK: Are Bees Happier in Cities?

UK: Are Bees Happier in Cities?

We think of them as thriving in wildflower meadows and rolling fields. But new research suggests Britain’s bees are happier near towns and cities. A study of wildlife sites across four English counties has found that most are home to fewer bee species today than they were in the past. It found that the expansion of farmland has actually been more damaging to Britain’s bee population than the concreting over of the countryside for housing. Reading University researcher Dr. Deepa Senapathi believes intensive agriculture is to blame. While the gardens, parks and churchyards of towns and cities provide bees with a variety of plants to forage on and an extended flowering season, popular crops such as oilseed rape only bloom for a few weeks. “Urban areas may benefit bees more than farmland by providing a wide variety of flowering plants, providing a cosmopolitan menu for insects from spring through to autumn,” says Deepa. (Source: dailymail.co.uk)