Pollinators are estimated to pollinate an astonishing 80% of all plants on earth, including 30% of all crops grown (Schowalter 2016). Bumblebees and solitary bees, collectively known as wild bees, are one of the most important group of pollinators on earth. Unfortunately wild bee populations are decreasing all over the world, mainly due to the loss of natural habitats, pesticides and competition from domesticated honeybees. About a third of the 285 species of bees living in Sweden are today classified as nationally endangered, with some species just on the brink of extinction. To halt and ultimately reverse the decline, new habitats are needed (EU 2014). Since it has already been shown that limestone quarries (Krauss et al. 2009, Sydenham, 2012) and other humanly-disturbed environments (Fortel et. al. 2016) can function as habitats for many species of wild bees it’s reasonable to assume that Slite and Smöjen should be good areas for this study. The aim of this project is to compare the bee fauna in areas disturbed by quarrying with areas that are more undisturbed and remote. We will be doing this by constructing nesting sites at the different locations and search for bees in the areas using a standardised model. We also aim to increase the local biodiversity in the surroundings of Slite and Smöjen by safeguarding wild bees and thus protecting other species depending on wild bees.

We are in the news!

A local newspaper interviewed us.

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31Jul

Our collections

Some bees we need to gather and some we don't and here is why

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19Jul

Third visit so far

A short update of how things are

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25Jun

Third time's the charm

Live update from Gotland, from our third visit.

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21Jun

The inventories part 2

Part 2 of how our inventories are done

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05Jun

Ban of insecticide

A great triumph for bees in EU!!

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31May

The inventories

A quick introduction to how our inventories are done.

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29May

Second Visit

Introduction to what happened in Slite 4-12th of May

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22May

The big literature problem

During our project we have faced many different obstacles but this might be our biggest.

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14May

Planning for visit number two

Soon it's time to go back to Slite.

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03May

The meeting

What happened during our first visit part 3.

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02May

The building process

A summary of what we did the first 5 days of our last visit to Slite

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30Apr

First visit to Slite

Short summary of what was done during our first visit in Slite

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26Apr

and Redesign

How the bee-hotels structure have changed

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21Apr

Reassess...

How this project as been shaped

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21Apr

Building nests. Part 2

How the nesting sites, the bee-hotel and the sand piles, have been built.

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19Apr

Building nests. Part 1

Short summary what have happened since last time and a short description how bees nests.

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19Apr

The bee-keepers (about us) - Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of a short update on our current progress and a little bit about us.

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21Feb

The bee-keepers (about us) - Part 1 of 2

A short update on our current progress and a little bit about us.

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21Feb

Getting beezy

Our first post

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20Jan