The British bee decline
The importance of flower-insect interactions in maintaining global biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and agricultural output is well established.
However, significant concerns remain about pollinator and plant populations declines and shrinking distributions.
For example, more than 40 British bee, wasp and butterfly species have become extinct in the last two centuries.
While potential causes have been identified, the long-term decline of flowers in our landscapes is considered by experts to be a key factor.
‘We intend that DoPI will continue to grow over time, as new records are gathered and added, providing a live resource for anyone interested in pollinators or insect-pollinated flowers.
‘Insect populations are declining rapidly, and we urgently need to take action. This database helps show where to begin when it comes to everyday planting for pollinators.’
PROF DAVE GOULSON
Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, specialising in bee ecology
A tool for all bee lovers
By combining a large volume of information in a single repository, DoPI can be used to answer fundamental ecological questions on the dynamics of pollination interactions in space and time, as well as applied questions in conservation practice.
The researchers hope the database will be a useful tool not only for researchers, but also for conservationists, funding agencies, governmental departments, beekeepers, agronomists and eager gardeners.
‘DoPI is a remarkable resource that will make an impact at both applied and academic levels. It is so unique that researchers from Canada and the US have already contacted us for collaborations to create similar databases in their regions.’
DR MARIA CLARA CASTELLANOS
Plant evolutionary ecologist, University of Sussex
Click here to access the DoPI database and get planting for pollinators.