Britain’s bees and hoverflies ‘disappearing’, says study

Many of Britain’s pollinators, such as wild bees and hoverflies, are “disappearing”, according to a new study.

Many of Britain’s pollinators, such as wild bees and hoverflies, are “disappearing”, according to a new study.

The research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and published in Nature Communications, assessed 353 wild bee and hoverfly species across the country between 1980 and 2013.

The results showed that one third of the species studied experienced declines in the number of areas in which they were found, while one tenth increased. The distribution of the remaining species was found to be either stable or the researchers found the evidence inconclusive.

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