Study

Pollinating insect community effectively restored on two restored hay meadows near Bristol, southwest England

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Restore species-rich grassland vegetation

Action Link
Bee Conservation

Restore/create species-rich, semi-natural grassland

Action Link
Farmland Conservation
  1. Restore species-rich grassland vegetation

    A comparison of two restored hay meadows with two ancient hay meadows in the Bristol area, England (Forup & Memmott 2005) found no consistent differences in the abundance or diversity of pollinating insects (dominated by bees and flies) between ancient and restored sites, and considered the pollinator community to be effectively restored.

  2. Restore/create species-rich, semi-natural grassland

    A small site comparison study of two restored hay meadows with two ancient hay meadows in the Bristol area, UK (Forup & Memmott 2005) found no consistent differences in the abundance or diversity of pollinating insects (dominated by bees (Hymenoptera) and flies (Diptera)) between ancient and restored sites, and considered the pollinator community to be effectively restored. The four hay meadows were 1-9 ha and managed with an annual hay cut, no grazing and no artificial fertilizer. One restored meadow was previously a golf course, restored in the early 1990s using a traditional annual hay cut. The other restored meadow was previously part of an urban park, restored in 1981 by translocating turf from an ancient meadow, planting and sowing wildflowers and using traditional meadow management. Flower-visiting insects were sampled on two 50 x 2 m transects/meadow every two weeks from early May to the end of July 2000.

     

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