While humans are locked down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the world is improving for bees. Bee populations have been declining in recent years due to pollution, habitat loss and pesticides.
With reduced air pollution thanks to reduced manufacturing and travel, bees have felt the positive effects. In areas with lower air pollution, bees make shorter trips and are better able to rear their young, according to Mark Brown, professor of evolutionary ecology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Fewer cars also mean fewer deaths for bees. In North America every year, 24 billion bees and wasps are killed by vehicles on roads.
“These creatures are vital to what we eat and what our countryside looks like,” Gill Perkins, chief executive of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, told BBC. “They provide a whole ecosystem service.” Bees have an economic value of about $150 billion, according to a study by the University of Reading, and provide pollination for a third of the food we eat.
Many communities are considering the environment and financial benefits of wild areas during the lockdown. Perkins said that in the UK it seems that people “are beginning to realise how their mental health and wellbeing is supported by nature – particularly by bumblebees, which are so iconic and beautiful and buzzy. I hope that remains after lockdown.”
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