Blossoms for Bees

Flowering areas as part of the contractual nature conservation are used to provide food resources for wild bees and other wild animals. At the same time, these flowering areas can also provide honeybees with honey yield and thus possibly serve as a distraction from ragwort mass populations. The latter is being investigated by the Schleswig-Holstein Foundation for Nature Conservation. The research of the working group Landscape Ecology focuses on the effects on wild bee occurrences and the occurrence of other functional groups. So far, the positive effect of flowering strips on wild bee diversity has been demonstrated. However, it is completely unknown whether flowering areas of wild bees are not only used as food resources but also for all other phases of life - for example for nesting and wintering. The importance of these areas for other functional groups, such as prey-hunting wasps, is also uncertain. However, these findings are essential for assessing subsidised flowering areas as functionally complete protective habitats. In our project "Blossoms for Bees", launched in 2015, we now want to investigate to what extent flowering areas fulfil these functions in order to sustainably protect biodiversity and the ecosystem functions provided in agricultural landscapes.



Agro-environmental measures, Agroecology, Agrobiodiversity, Wild bees, Flower strips


Project information

Duration: 2015-2018

Project participants: Uta Hoffmann M.Sc., Dr. John Herrmann, PD Dr. Tobias W. Donath, Prof. Dr. Tim Diekötter

Cooperation partner: Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein

Supporter: Ministerium für Energiewende, Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume (MELUR) SH



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