Bee hotels, bee stops and a honey highway are some of the components of a national pollinator strategy that the Dutch are crediting with keeping their urban bee population steady in recent years, after a period of worrying decline. Last week, more than 11,000 people from across the Netherlands participated in a bee counting exercise as part of the fourth edition of the national bee census . The enthusiastic volunteers, armed with a list depicting the most common bees at this time of the year , spent 30 minutes in their gardens recording their apian visitors. At the close of data submission on Sunday 18 April, more than 200,000 bees and hoverflies had been counted. The results – for urban bees at least – were steady. Vincent Kalkman, entomologist at Naturalis , one of the organisations behind the census said: “An average of 18 to 20 bees and hoverflies were recorded in each garden during the count. These numbers have remained steady over the years, indicating that there is no strong decline in urban gardens.” The census aims to collect five years’ of data before drawing definitive conclusions on bee population trends. More than 11,000 people took part in […]

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