At the end of June, 500 bees were released from a London rooftop, each sporting a new, personalised number plate. Hundreds more will join them over the summer.
Why and how are the questions you’re probably asking yourself at the moment…
Location, Location, Location
The aim of this experiment is for biologists from the Queen Mary University to be able to establish the favourite pollination locations of bees in London.
In addition, it will also enable researchers to ascertain how successful urban gardening efforts have been and allow further plans for the future of supporting and increasing the bee population to be made.
Bee Science at Home
The leader of the project from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Professor Lars Chittka explained that they hope that the fact that each bee has an individual license plate will insight people to become more aware of bee behaviour and even conduct their own little science project at their London home.
Given that bees are capable of remembering locations that provide a fruitful supply of nectar, London residents should notice that the same bees are coming back to their balcony, terrace or garden time after time, possibly even around the same time of day.
Not only this, Londoners will also be able to observe bees showing preference for certain flower types.
In order to encourage London dwellers to take an interest in the bees and document sightings, a competition has been launched to find the best photos, the most bee-friendly garden and the most number of bees spotted. London bee watchers can win £100 in vouchers for heir efforts. More information can be found on the London Pollinator Project.
Top Dog Pest Control on London Bees
Dean Mannion, Operations Manager at Top Dog Pest Control fully supports this project:
“At Top Dog Pest Control we are fully behind any project that is set up to protect the bee population. When we are called to a bee nest at a London property, we commonly find that once we have explained the behaviour, mild temperament and benefits of bees to the eco system, residents are more often than not happy to leave a bees nest in place. Of, course, this is dependent on the bee nest being situated in an area that does not put anyone at risk.”
“If the situation presents where a bee nest cannot be left in place, Top Dog Pest Control will always make the necessary arrangements to try to move the nest rather than destroying it.”
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provides London bee nest removal services.