Allotments are the best habitat for bees according to the results of the first Great British Bee Count this summer. More bees were seen on allotments than on any other habitat, including parks, gardens and the countryside during the twelve-week survey from June to August.
An average of 12 bees per count were spotted on allotments, compared to 10 in the countryside, 8 in gardens, 7 in parks and only 4 on roadside verges. Bumblebees were the most frequently seen type of bee in all regions, with 304,857 sightings, while honeybees were the second most-seen bee, with 193,837 sightings.
Dave Goulson, professor of biology at Sussex University, said, "This year's Great British Bee Count highlights the importance of allotments in providing essential habitat for the bees that pollinate all those tasty home-grown fruit and veg - and shows that parks and road verges could be a lot better for bees, with less mowing and more wildflowers." Read full article