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Gardens benefit bees and enhance pollination in intensively managed farmland

Year of publication2011
Author(s)Samnegård, U.
Co-authorsPersson, A.S., Smith, H.G.
Purchasehttp://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration
JournalBiological Conversation
Page(s)5
Magazine No.144
Publication typeJournal article
Gardens are good for biodiversity, according to a study of intensively managed farmland in Sweden. The study has found that abundance and species richness of pollinating bees is higher near domestic gardens, with the pollination of a native plant also greater at these sites. Domestic gardens play a role in complementing 'natural' habitats for pollinators in impoverished environments.