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These ‘bee highways’ attempt to save pollinating insects from extinction

A project born a few years ago in the UK aims to create ‘wild’ pathways that allow bees to move around and not go extinct

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Today the world celebrates the day dedicated to bees, small insects but very precious to the biodiversity and preservation of many plant species, which unfortunately are in danger of extinction due to pollution, intensive agriculture, climate crisis and habitat loss.

Just think that in the UK, 97% of uncultivated lawns have been lost since 1940 to the present day (That’s an area the size of Wales!) – mainly due to modern farming methods and urbanization. This has endangered the survival of 75% of pollinating insect species, in particular 35 species of bees.

To try to save these precious animals, the project was born in 2016 B . linesIt is a network of habitats – uncultivated meadows and pastures – that can help the spread of pollinating insects, over a total area of ​​150,000 hectares spread across the UK.

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that we want to travel from one area of ​​our country to another but have no ways of doing so: How can we move easily? The same feeling of discomfort in the impossibility of moving from one place to another suffers from bees, whose natural habitat is now into small parts of the earth Between an urban agglomeration and a heavily cultivated plot.

(Also read: Bee apocalypse: 9% of pollinating insects at risk of extinction, ISPRA report)

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The B . lines Created as veritable “highways” to allow bees to move and survive, continuing their valuable work of pollination: a network of paths that cross cultivated fields and towns, rich in plants and wildflowers.

These trails connect the existing natural areas, creating a network very similar to a railway, capable of escorting bees from one place to another. Of course, it’s not just bees that benefit from it B . linesBut As well as insects and other endangered wild animals.

A dense network of “bee highways” is spread throughout England, but also in Wales and Scotland, as shown on this map:

Here’s a map of the UK’s B-Lines (@Cumbria Biodiversity Data Center)

The B . lines They bring benefits not only to bee survival, but also to the preservation of ecosystems and the protection of biodiversity in general. In fact, preventing the extinction of pollinating insects could also lead to benefits for agriculture and the well-being of fields.

In December 2016, the prestigious project won bee award by the European Landowners Association – an award designed to encourage farmers and other land managers to make changes to the management of their land to provide a habitat for insect pollination.

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