Norway builds the first highway for bumblebees in its capital

Norway builds the first highway for bumblebees in its capital

"The idea is to create a route through the city with enough feeding stations for the bumblebees all the way", He says Tonje Waaktaar Gamst, from the Oslo Gardening Society. "Getting enough food will also help these insects better cope with man-made environmental stresses", Add.

Bumblebees, as well as other pollinating insects, struggle to survive in urban settings, where nectar-rich flowers are scarce. They literally starve.

Mr. Gamst and his team have been concerned with placing plentiful pots on roofs and balconies along the route that runs through the city of Oslo from East to West.

In recent years, bees, bumblebees and other insect colonies have been reduced, causing damage to agriculture that depends on them.

Although in Norway the problem is not as serious as in the United States, at least 6 of the 35 species of bumblebees in the Nordic country are on the verge of extinction.
The municipal authority of Oslo collaborates with environmental organizations, citizens and companies, who are already asking to plant flowers on their properties to prevent the death of bumblebees.

The organization BiBy (Bee Town) has even created an app, where residents of Oslo can locate the "Gray areas" where there is no food for bees, as a way to encourage planting flowers in areas where there are no nearby parks.

It will be easy to distinguish the barriers and obstacles on the map. The goal is to inspire people to fill in these gaps, he says Agnes Lyche Melværby BiBy.
Neighbors and users of this app can also upload photos of their projects to improve the situation of bees and bumblebees, such as their flowerpots and their "Hotels" for bees.

“Some species of bees like to live in solitary rooms. They need small holes, like a crack in the trunk of an old tree. It is very important to have some old wood lying around »says Melvær.

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