Wild Bees Need More Land Says U of G Researcher

The amount of land needed to support wild bees is up three and a half times greater than currently recommended, according to a study from the University of Guelph.

Amid controversy over the provincial government’s proposal to utilize protected Greenbelt land for housing developments, the study by University of Guelph and Cape Breton University scientists says recommendations for wild bee habitats “fall short of what these critical food crop pollinators need.”

Pollinators provide an essential ecosystem service. One of the major groups of pollinating organisms are bees, which travel from flower to flower, collecting pollen and nectar for food.

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