Why bees are finally getting a break

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200506-why-lockdown-is-helping-bees

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Lockdowns have put a number of insect-harming practices on hold, creating a friendlier world for wild bees – and conservationists hope some of these changes could be here to stay. While people have been confined to their homes this spring, wildlife has faced less human disturbance, traffic and polluting fumes. In Israel, wild boar are venturing further into the city of Haifa than before, while dolphins are increasingly braving the Bosphorus, the Turkish narrows that normally serves as a busy shipping route. One animal that could see a much-needed revival is the wild bee, scientists say. Bee populations are rapidly declining around the world due to habitat loss, pollution and the use of pesticides, among other factors. “These creatures are vital to what we eat and what our countryside looks like,”