A University of Northampton student interview about bees and pollinator declines

A few weeks ago I was approached by Kady Middleton, a first year undergraduate student studying journalism at the University of Northampton, to be interviewed for a short radio-interview style report that she was putting together as one of her assignments.

The topic was urban bee diversity and pollinators declines – Kady had seen my blog post about urban bees in Northampton.  I was very happy to oblige and I think that Kady’s done a great job; it’s a nice example of how very different university departments can cooperate and collaborate.  You can listen to Kady’s report here:

3 thoughts on “A University of Northampton student interview about bees and pollinator declines

  1. bradlaugh fields visitor

    What makes me curious, having read Sirohi et al’s paper (thank-you for that) is what the surrounding suburban green areas which were also surveyed could do, if anything, to improve the range of diversity up to the levels seen in the urban pockets.

    The author ascribes his, to many perhaps counter-intuitive, findings to the fact that “a heterogeneous urban environment will have a complex matrix of habitat and available resources and it was suggested that urban
    heterogeneity has a close relationship with insect diversity and abundance”, which agrees well with Fry and Lonsdale’s “Habitat Conservation for Insects – a Neglected Green Issue” (1991).

    Any thoughts on how, or whether, those suburban parks and green areas could be enhanced?

    1. jeffollerton Post author

      Good questions Serena. Partly it’s about having a greater diversity of floral resources, particualrly early and late in the season. But also appropriate nesting sites, including bare, dry earth and cavities.

      1. bradlaugh fields visitor

        Thanks, I wonder what the chances are that these sorts of measures could be put forward as part of a management plan for Bradlaugh Fields, which NBC say they want all Northampton parks to draw up …

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