Increase the proportion of natural or semi-natural habitat in the farmed landscape
Overall effectiveness category Awaiting assessment
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Several studies show that bee abundance and/or diversity on farms are higher when areas of natural or semi-natural habitat (including forest) are closer or the proportion of natural or semi-natural habitat in the surrounding landscape is higher (reviewed by Ricketts et al. 2008, for example). We know of no evidence demonstrating that the restoration of natural or semi-natural habitats affects bee diversity or abundance in neighbouring farms, although at least one such study is currently underway.
Ricketts T. H., Regetz J., Steffan-Dewenter I., Cunningham S.A., Kremen C., Bogdanski A., Gemmill-Herren B., Greenleaf S.S., Klein A.M, Mayfield M.M., Morandin L.A., Ochieng A., Potts S.G. & Viana B.F. (2008) Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns? Ecology Letters, 11, 499-515.