The bees are back in town: record number of bees counted in Netherlands

This weekend, 10,000 Dutchies stood outdoors for half-hour and counted the variety of bees they noticed. The end result? A document variety of buzzy boys have been out and about. 

The counting was a part of the Nationwide Bee Census (sure this can be a factor), an initiative began by the Naturalis museum and Natuur & Milieu. This 12 months marks the fourth 12 months that the census was held — and the Netherlands’ bee inhabitants has skilled a child bee increase.

Improve from final 12 months

Final 12 months, roughly 10,000 folks additionally took half within the census. The distinction this time round is seen within the variety of bees counted.

This time final 12 months, 130,000 bees have been counted. This 12 months, that quantity stands at over 190,000 — and the counting hasn’t even stopped but! Individuals can submit their outcomes till 8PM tonight.

The honey bee was essentially the most counted bee with nearly 50,000 sightings. Following behind are the crimson mason bee and the earth bumblebee (each noticed about 12,000 instances.)

Changing into extra bee aware

Bee knowledgeable Koos Biesmeijer of Naturalis, tells ANP that this enhance could also be partly defined by a rising consciousness in direction of bees within the Netherlands.

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“Not solely have municipalities improved their mowing coverage, many backyard house owners have additionally paid extra consideration to a pure and bee-rich backyard.”

It appears to be like like we’re beginning off this week with some excellent news of us! What are your ideas on these findings? Inform us within the feedback beneath! 

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