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Biodiversity


Environmental monitoring involves a range of test methods used to identify, understand and assess the status of an environment. Methods of analysis used in environmental monitoring need to give accurate results.  

Bees inadvertently collect food contaminated with pollutants such as pesticides, heavy metals and fertilisers.

 A pollen trap placed under the bee hive when the bees are active (bee season February to November temperature dependent) once the pollen is collected it is sent to the lab, for analysis the result will  be on plant specie, pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals, pollution.  we can then advise on what action is needed to improve the area, the area measured is a three mile radius of the bee hive as this is the distance bees travel. 

 

What is biodiversity and why does it matter?

One simple but profound answer is; the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity, these are all benefits that are fundamentally provided by biodiversity. 

“Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity,” says Prof David Macdonald, at Oxford University.

Bees feed us. 75% of the world’s food comes from just a dozen crops, leaving supplies very vulnerable to pests or disease that can sweep through large areas of monocultures.  Bees rank at the top of the list of important insects, moving pollen from flower to flower to ensure pollination and the resulting production of many of our most important fruits and vegetables.

Bees help us breath. Trees/plants remove air pollution by the interception of particulate matter on plant surfaces and the absorption of gaseous pollutants through the leaf stomata.