In 2012 and 2013 the Urban Pollinators Project studied bees and other pollinating insects found in urban habitats in four locations in the UK: Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and Reading.
Teams of researchers visited a range of urban habitats, including gardens, parks, road verges, allotments, churchyards and cemeteries, to see how good these habitats are for pollinating insects.
Gardens make up a high proportion of the habitats found in urban areas, and we visited 100 gardens in each location. The gardens we visited were in ten randomly selected areas per city or town, and we looked at all kinds of gardens, whether they were large or small, well-tended or weedy, paved or grassed!
The data collected in the 400 gardens give important information about the numbers of insect pollinators and the different species of pollinators that visit gardens, as well as the garden plants that they like to feed on.
We would like to thank all garden owners who contributed to this study in 2012 and 2013. The data are currently being analysed and we hope to have the findings published in a scientific journal later this year.