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Individual study: Restoration of plant-insect pollinator interactions on restored heathlands in Dorset, England

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Forup M.L., Henson K.S.E., Craze P.G. & Memmott J. (2008) The restoration of ecological interactions: plant-pollinator networks on ancient and restored heathlands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, 742-752

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Restore heathland Bee Conservation

Forup et al. (2008) compared four ancient dry lowland heaths in Dorset with four paired heathland sites first restored from pine Pinus sp. plantation 11 to 14 years previously. There were no consistent differences between the communities of insect pollinators, including bees, at ancient and restored sites. There was no clear evidence that bees or other pollinators colonised restored heaths from the adjacent or nearby paired ancient heaths, implying that from a bee perspective, there is no need to site heathland restoration projects very close to ancient sites.