Save bees by holding back on the mowing, gardeners urged

Posted on Apr 1 2019 - 7:03am by UOG

Gardeners should leave at least a strip of their lawn un-mowed this summer to help halt the decline in bees, experts have said.

Perfectly manicured grass is depriving the crucial pollinating insects of the wildflowers they need to feed on, according to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

A major study by the organization, published on Tuesday, shows wild bees and hoverflies have suffered widespread losses across the UK in recent decades.

It found that between 1980 and 2013 a third of the more than 300 pollinating species included in the research experienced population declines, while only 11 per cent became more abundant.

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