The use of off-farm habitats by foraging bumblebees in agricultural landscapes: Implications for conservation management

LM Osgathorpe, Park Kirsty, Goulson Dave

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Abstract

Recent studies have focused on ways to enhance floral availability on arable farmland, but little attention has been paid to the importance of off-farm habitats in providing forage for pollinators within farmed landscapes. We conducted a comparative study to assess bumblebees and flower abundance on farmed and off-farm habitats in two low-intensity systems in the UK. We show that road verges and track edges provide forage and attract long-tongued bumblebees in both farming systems. Also, grazing management depends on the farming system in operation, with cattle grazing providing a valuable foraging habitat for short-tongued bumblebees in southwest England. Therefore, to conserve bumblebees in agricultural landscapes the type of farming system needs to be taken into account in developing grazing management regimes, whilst non-agricultural habitats need to be integrated into local land management plans to ensure the provision of forage for bumblebees throughout the breeding season.
Translated title of the contributionThe use of off-farm habitats by foraging bumblebees in agricultural landscapes: Implications for conservation management
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113 - 127
Number of pages15
JournalApidologie
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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Publisher: Springer

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