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Due to increasing publicity more and more people are starting to become aware of the importance of managing our environment and maintaining biodiversity. Here at IBRA we have recently been helping an organisation to encourage wildlife habitiats around pumping stations and areas previously regarded as 'wasteland'.
Whether its your back garden or an area of scrub land, encouraging insects and wildlife is really important. Ensuring good farming practice and the use of various pesticides on our crops and countryside is continually being assessed. There is no quick solution to improving biodiversity. It requires a long term strategy, the benefits of which may not be seen for some time.
Remember it's not just honey bees and bumble bees that are being effected but all our pollinators, which includes wasps and butterflies. And the rule is quite simple:
The themes covered during this inaugural conference included:
The aim was to bring together all those who are concerned with landscape ecology as conservationists, planners, administrators, land owners as well as those with scientific interests and those that see wild bees and wasps as bio-indicators of the environmental state.
It is intended that this workshop was the first in a series of similar meetings which address the need for the conservation of Aculeate Hymenoptera in Europe. It should be seen as giving a general overview and future gatherings will look at specific topics such as urban sites, post-industrial sites, green-field planning etc.
The speakers included:
About the organizers
Proceedings are now available as a book (see above).