The structure and functioning of flower-visiting insect communities on hay meadows

  • Published source details Dicks L.V. (2002) The structure and functioning of flower-visiting insect communities on hay meadows. PhD thesis. The structure and functioning of flower-visiting insect communities on hay meadows. University of Cambridge.


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Restore species-rich grassland vegetation

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Bee Conservation
  1. Restore species-rich grassland vegetation

    A study in eastern England of the pollinator community on a species-rich grassland restoration experiment compared to native grassland of the same plant community found a greater diversity of pollinating insects on the restored hay meadow site than on the ancient meadow (Dicks 2002). Six common species of bumblebee were recorded at both sites, and the most abundant insect visitor was a bumblebee on both meadows: white-tailed bumblebees Bombus terrestris/ lucorum at the restored site, red-tailed bumblebees B. lapidarius at the ancient meadow site. Seven and five species of solitary bee were recorded at restored and ancient sites respectively.

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