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Urban bees: pollen collection in relation to resource availability and landscape structure

 

This project will seek to identify where and upon what urban bees are foraging in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Existing data will be used to characterise urban landscapes and resource availability for bees. We will collect pollen from three groups of bees: Honeybees (Apis mellifera), bumblebees (Bombus spp.), and solitary/semi-social bees. The diversity of pollen collected by bees will be related to urban landscape character and resource availability. We will also use mark-release-recapture experiments to analyse foraging patterns to identify differences in behaviour between common and rare bee species. The results will feed into the All Ireland Pollinator Plan Guide for Local Councils, allowing appropriate steps to be taken to improve urban bee diversity. Funded by Eva Crane Trust.

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