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UK City Finds Way to Help Restore the Declining Native Bee Population

construction initiative would include new buildings taller than five meters. The bee bricks look like blocks of Swiss cheese with many small holes to create homes for nesting bees. These offer an ideal habitat for 250 of the 270 bee species known as solitary bees in Britain.

ADVERTISEMENT As the name suggests, they like to nest alone, often building their homes in the ground. Some, however, prefer to seek out small holes in buildings for their shelter. ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, the bee population in the UK has been rapidly declining since the 1970s.

Between 1985 and 2005, honeybee hives have reduced by 50%, and since 1900, 13 bee species have gone extinct. 35 more face the threat of extinction this century due to environmental pressures.Planting flowers rich in nectar can help bee populations recover. But in dense cities, this isn’t always an option.

Bee bricks offer a solution that allows bees and humans to coexist in urban areas. ADVERTISEMENT “Bee bricks are just one of quite a number of measures that really should be in place to address biodiversity concerns that have arisen through years of neglect of the natural environment,” said Robert Nemeth, the town councilor behind the initiative first proposed in 2019. ADVERTISEMENT However, some experts believe the bee bricks may do more harm than good.

Some have said the holes aren’t big enough to support a nest and that the bricks won’t help bee populations recover. Others say the bricks may attract mites or parasites and require regular cleaning to prevent disease spread.Luckily, some studies have found that bees nest in bee bricks with holes as small as 5-8mm wide and 70-80mm deep. Some scientists say bees will naturally avoid dangerous nesting areas as far as the mites.

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