If there are no bees, then not only honey, the production of countless plants depends on these tiny insects. Cities in more and more countries around the world are launching initiatives to make cities as liveable as possible for bees.

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Creating beehives in Budapest immediately became a political issue: pro-government commentators immediately noted the mayor’s incompetence in Főkert’s initiative to create districts in several places where, for example, bees are trying to create an environment that is alluring for bees. That is, these areas look more oily than that.

And all of this has nothing to do with Jirgili Carraxoni: seeing a similar initiative to protect pollinating insects in more and more countries around the world, and big cities are making a big contribution. The natural habitat of bees in rural areas is deteriorating, and as the examples presented show, such measures contribute greatly to providing habitats and feeding places for the rapidly decreasing bee population. After all, if there are no bees, then no food.

But what are those pastures? A bee pasture is an area where there are special plants that provide food for bees. More and more urban beehives are being developed in the recent period, and so is the main park: Spring 2021 Wildflower in Budapest Under this program, they are moving towards more environmental conservation by introducing a comprehensive grassland management program. In the first round, as a pilot project, insect-friendly green spaces will be developed on more than 28 hectares of parks and green belts in the capital.

Designing bee pastures is not a complicated task, instead of heavily combed grasslands, this means wildflower meadows, which in the main lawn is achieved by mowing 1-3 times a year in designated areas instead of mowing 5-7 per year to allow flowers To develop. Hence, these less disturbed places and green spaces will provide a living and nourishment for the insects, hopefully. So if you see a more deserted green space in the capital, do not immediately reprimand the public space maintainers: they want insects and plants with that benefit.

They are mainly formed in less frequent places, where those who wish to relax there are not disturbed, and human activity is not affected by pollination of species that are attracted to “bee pastures”. The main park also provides information panels for urban lawns to inform park users: This is not a shortage of green space maintenance, but an eco-conscious green space management. Where the main garden develops pastures for bees You can view it here.

Is there a cause for concern for allergy sufferers?

In short: no. For a little longer: according to information in the main garden, wildflower meadows are established in well-maintained lawns where there is no place for allergy-causing weeds to settle. An invasive and uncontrollably spread plant species They can really increase Suffering from allergies, but in the case of pastures we cannot talk about it. Although many flowers carry more pollen and thus the amount of pollen inevitably increases during flowering, these plants are natural plant associations, species of plants native to the region to which our bodies are accustomed as well. On flowering grass, wildflowers appear sparse in both time and space, making area pollen contamination a small part of intensive annual or perennial flower beds.

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We can open a bee bistro on the terrace or just a hotel for insects

The good news is that everyone can play their part in getting more and more bees in Budapest and increasing biodiversity: According to the main park, we can do this in two ways.

One is to plant wild flowers and plants rich in nectar, even on our balcony in a flower box, and the other is to plant a hotel for insects. “There are a number of commercially available wildflower seed mixes that can be dropped into a rarely-used portion of the garden to create a colorful and eye-catching pasture, but a small layer, ‘Bee Bistro’ can be created in a balcony box, downtown or on residential estate.” Insect hotels are artificial objects that mimic the paths of solitary wasps and bee species burrowing into the ground, rotting trees, or bank walls: We can make reeds from reeds, perforated bricks, bamboo sticks, or dug tree logs, or we can make them ourselves.

The work of two thousand species of insects
The yield of more than 80 percent of our cultivated plants today depends on whether pollinating insects can pollinate and with what severity. Many types of plants are pollinated by insects (not only bees, but also various wasps, butterflies and beetles): only a few examples are canola, sunflowers and clover, but to get closer to our kitchen, tomatoes and berries, as well as apples, pears, cherries and strawberries. In Europe, approximately 2,000 species of insects are pollinated. Bee pastures are also needed because changes in the number and rapid decline in the number of pollinating insects have a direct effect on the amount of plants, including most of the fruits and vegetables we consume. Today, bees find less suitable sources of pollen and nectar in nature. In English: These shrinking bees are getting more and more hungry. Additionally, insects are a food source for many other animal species, so their decrease also affects the numbers of other species.

Bees in big cities

Researchers at Yale University also confirmed that cities, urban parks, and green spaces, including septa and parks Huge role There to help the bees, which are decreasing dramatically due to climate change, the destruction of their natural habitats and chemical chemical pesticides.

In Chicago in 2008, four years after the opening of Lowry Park, planted with sunflower blossoms and stunning bee balm with lilac flowers, they saw a native breed of bees happily feeding on snacks, bumps and gathering nectar that had yet to be discovered in Illinois. In the United States, a large-scale project was launched in 2015: They urge Americans to grow flowers that are equally beautiful, but serve as food for bees.

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in the UK Find outUrban honey proves better in many cases, because here they can collect nectar from several types of plants compared to the countryside, as they have one huge table at their disposal. In addition, it is usually 2-3 degrees warmer in cities than in the country, so the plants bloom longer: this means longer lunch time for the bees. Research shows that urban bees are more productive than their rural counterparts. In France, for example, bees in Paris produce more honey and have a lower mortality rate than in the countryside, where they grow more intensively and use pesticides. Regarding London, experts also emphasized that it is not enough that the urban beekeeping trend is on the rise, more and more people are creating hives, and bees need food. Most of the urban flowering areas are not suitable for this because they do not provide enough nectar and thus food for bees. One of the professors also noted that it must be proven that wildflowers that provide adequate food for bees are also beautiful, as they are perennials, cheaper than short-lived, nectar-free plants grown in beds. And biodiversity helps the first. Plus, most wildflowers are in constant bloom: so bees and other insects can keep enjoying them.

It was recently announced in Vienna that Millions of bees Pinned around the stations: In the Austrian capital, unused green space next to the bars will be used to increase biodiversity. Therefore, whenever possible, they create flower meadows for the bees, and according to their plans, the owners of the neighboring small gardens also do a good job: more bees visit their plants, so they can expect a better harvest.

In the Netherlands, one was launched in 2018 National Pollination Strategy: Hereby, more than 40 government and civilian partners have pledged to build beehives and mini-restaurants for insects. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, so it is also important from a national economy point of view that the number of bees does not decrease, as they will no longer be able to produce food. Under the program, a number of insect hotels have been established in Amsterdam, grasslands have been replaced by wildflower meadows, and chemical pesticides have been abandoned. In Utrecht, bus stops have been transformed into a kind of bee house: on the flat roofs of bus stops, insect matching areas with native plants have been created. It also picks up city dust. The strategy is successful: by 2021, the Dutch bee population will be stable.