Resiliant Pollinators: Modelling Landscapes for Resilient Pollination Services in the UK





Modelling Pollinator Populations

Although we know that many species of bees and hoverflies are found in fewer places than they used to be, we do not know if they are thriving in those places, nor if the most common species are dwindling in number and at risk of disappearing. As such, we do not know where pollination services are strong and where crop yields may already be limited due to poor pollination.

The Resilient Pollinators Project will use new ecological models to estimate the available populations of bees and hoverflies across the UK at a very fine spatial scale. Unlike all previous models, these models will be validated against real data collected from hundreds of sites by the project team and our collaborators to ensure they are as accurate as possible. They will be checked for accuracy by the UK’s foremost experts on pollinating insects.

These maps will not only show us how strong or weak pollinator populations are across the country but will also be able to identify parts of the country where we could potentially grow insect-pollinated crops in the future. Understanding the locations and and strength of pollinator populations will allow us to better target management and conservation measures in those areas that need them the most.

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