The city as a refuge for insect pollinators

Hall, Damon M., Camilo, Gerardo R., Tonietto, Rebecca K., Ollerton, Jeff, Ahrné, Karin, Arduser, Mike, Ascher, John S., Baldock, Katherine, Fowler, Robert, Frankie, Gordon, Goulson, Dave, Gunnarsson, Bengt, Hanley, Mick E., Jackson, Janet I., Langellotto, Gail, Lowenstein, David, Minor, Emily S., Philpott, Stacy M., Potts, Simon G., Sirohi, Muzafar H., Spevak, Edward M., Stone, Graham N. and Threlfall, Caragh G. (2017) The city as a refuge for insect pollinators. Conservation Biology, 31 (1). pp. 24-29. ISSN 08888892

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Abstract

Research on urban insect pollinators is changing views on the biological value and ecological importance of cities. The abundance and diversity of native bee species in urban landscapes that are absent in nearby rural lands evidence the biological value and ecological importance of cities and have implications for biodiversity conservation. Lagging behind this revised image of the city are urban conservation programs that historically have invested in education and outreach rather than programs designed to achieve high priority species conservation results. We synthesized research on urban bee species diversity and abundance to determine how urban conservation could be repositioned to better align with new views on the ecological importance of urban landscapes. Due to insect pollinators’ relatively small functional requirements—habitat range, life cycle, and nesting behavior—relative to larger mammals, we argue that pollinators put highpriority and high-impact urban conservation within reach. In a rapidly urbanizing world, transforming how environmental managers view the city can improve citizen engagement and contribute to the development of more sustainable urbanization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication, conservation planning, ecosystem services, funding and philanthropy, governance, politics and policy, sustainability science, urban ecology
Subjects: C100 Biology
C200 Botany
D700 Agricultural Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 14:57
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 15:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42120

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