The aim of our project is studying the connectivity of pollinators between restored quarries and surrounding areas, as well as different scenarios that may facilitate or enhance the presence of pollinators in restored areas. Specifically, we are going to work with Apoidea (bees and bumblebees mainly) because of their vital role in ecosystems, and the situation of vulnerability in which they are. In addition, thanks to the fact that they can carry out the pollination process, they will be of great importance for the development of local agriculture.We will create vegetation islands, that allow connectivity and the development of bee populations inside the quarry.The importance of the project, therefore, would be the possibility of favoring the pollination process and its implications in local agriculture; and the creation of “conservation areas” for these animal groups, facing problems such as pesticides, global change in an area where the impacts against them will be much lower.If it works, it would be a real, cheap and feasible possibility of increasing ecosystem services in degraded areas. Although FAO recognizes the effectiveness of habitat creation practices to increase bee populations, these actions have never been verified in extractive environments at our latitudes, and this is the scientific and applied importance of the project.

Capture and sampling of bee specimens

The 14th of May, we went back to the modules to sample and collect bees.

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19Mayo

Establishment of modules outside the plantations and sampling

Selection and establishment of 8 modules by chance, outside the plantations, around the total area of ​​the quarry and selection of 8 modules by chance, in the plantation area. Observation and sampling of the bees in each of the modules.

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19Mayo

First sightings

The 16th of April, we went to the plantations to see if the shelters had been colonized.

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07Mayo

To follow the project...

We have created a profile on Instagram, through which you can follow the project and our visits to the plantation.

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04Abr

Shelters for bees!!

The 2nd of April, we placed the shelters for the bees and we were able to confirm their presence in the area.

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03Abr

Plantation process

The 11th and 18th of March, we carried out the plantations of the 4 modules designed to attract pollinators.

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03Abr

Bees are ready to work!

Now that we have finished preparing the plots ... we have to introduce ourselves!

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22Mar