Gardens are able to sustain a greater number of bumblebee nests than farmed land, a study involving genetic analysis and modelling has suggested.
DNA samples were taken from two species by UK researchers in order to build up a picture of nest density and how land use affects the creatures.
Previous studies have shown that bumblebee numbers are declining in western Europe, Asia and North America.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
The team said that the importance of gardens tied in with the findings of earlier studies, which suggested the habitats provided a stronghold for the creatures “in an otherwise impoverished agricultural environment”. [Read full article]
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