Designing multi-purpose habitats: utilisation of wild bird seed species by pollinating insects

Pywell, R. F. ORCID:; Meek, W .R.; Hulmes, L.; Nowakowski, M.. 2010 Designing multi-purpose habitats: utilisation of wild bird seed species by pollinating insects. In: AAB 100. Agri-environment schemes - what have they achieved and where do we go from here? Association of Applied Biologists, 421-426. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 100).

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There are now many competing pressures on farmland to provide space for urban development, transport, wildlife habitat, and a wide range of essential ecosystem goods and services. Future agri-environment schemes will need to be multi-functional and more efficient in their use of the land resource. We present the results of an experiment to examine the feasibility of developing high quality, multi-purpose habitats for both birds and pollinating insects on field margins. Foraging activity of bumblebees and butterflies was recorded in stands of nine seed crops species and four pollen- and nectar-rich species between May and September. Most perennial species did not flower until year 2 when they provided a similar flower resource to that of the annual species. Short-tongued bees showed a marked preference for annual seed crop species. Long-tongued bees showed a significant preference for perennial legumes. Butterfly abundance was also highest on the perennial legumes.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.2 - Develop and test practical measures to ameliorate the effects ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
Additional Keywords: Pollination service, seed resource, flowers, bumblebees, birds
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 29 Apr 2010 10:44 +0 (UTC)

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