This post is about a new paper titled ‘The conservation value of urban green space habitats for Australian native bee communities’ we have recently published in Biological Conservation that assesses whether networks of urban green spaces can be managed to provide bee habitat in urban landscapes.
We set out to address this question by exploring the distribution patterns of 19 bee species in south-eastern Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), including both native species, such as the short-tongued ground-nesting bees Homalictus sphecodoides and Lasioglossum brunnesetum, and exotic species, such as the European Honeybee Apis mellifera.
We found that providing resources critical to diverse bee communities (eg, native plants) can assist in maintaining these key pollinators in urban landscapes, and highlight the need to include urban areas in pollinator conservation initiatives.
Thanks for your interest!
If you would like to find more about the paper drop me an e-mail at luis.mata(at)rmit.edu.au and I will send you a copy.
If would like to check out some interesting pollination photographs please click here.