- School/Institute/Department: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
- Subjects: Conservation, Bees
- Audience: General Public, Gardeners
Thanks to extensive media coverage on the plight of bees, most people are aware that many species are under threat from habitat loss and lack of suitable flower resources in which to find nectar and pollen.
Researchers at QMUL will promote the planting of pollinator-friendly gardens in London and encourage interest in the native pollinators through a series of workshops, activities and an interactive website. The project will begin with a workshop at QMUL to inform members of the public about garden plants that are not just pleasing to the human eye, but also useful resources for flower-seeking pollinators.
Through the workshop and an online presence participants will learn how to spot specially numbered bumblebees in their gardens, with prizes for those found furthest afield. Near the end of the project, another workshop will be held, where people will be informed of the findings of the project, and feed back on their on their own observations, discussing what flowers they have seeded and planted and how they perceive the ecological benefits that they have helped create.