Children and their families involved in a new citizen science experiment observed more bumblebees in urban areas compared to suburban and rural settings.
EDF Energy’s Big Bumblebee Discovery, a nationwide citizen science experiment in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA), asked people to record bumblebee sightings on lavender plants.
Around 30,000 people took part in the project this summer, resulting in more than 4,000 bumblebee data entries from all across the UK.
In total, 27,000 individual bumblebees were reported and the data has been converted to a standard rate, based on counts of five minutes in an average-sized lavender plant.
The findings challenge the expectation that suburban areas are best because of the diversity of garden flowers. In otherwise hostile city habitats, flowers such as lavender represent ‘flower-rich oases’ and so can support large numbers of bumblebees.more...