Edinburgh is the greenest city in the United Kingdom with well-managed parks and green spaces and an impressive track record in biodiversity conservation.
Our partnership with the University of Edinburgh Apiary Project has the potential to bring together schools, businesses and communities in Edinburgh, to learn from the bees and generate fascinating stories that will raise awareness and create connections with local, national and global audiences.
“The University of Edinburgh Apiary is working with the World Bee Project CIC to install a monitoring sensor on one if its hives which will generate new insights into the links between honey bee health, hive conditions, varying environments and the pollination services bees provide to maintain ecosystem health. Pollinating insects are currently suffering from habitat loss and a lack of foraging sites. Managed and unmanaged green spaces are vital in supporting pollinator populations on which we all rely. While work is being done in parks and gardens to plant trees and flowers that can provide much-needed food for these insects, it is important to study how effective such schemes are. One way to achieve this is to monitor the strength and health of bee populations in these areas and compare them to those in other environments.“
Matthew Richardson – Apiary Manager, University of Edinburgh Apiary Project