Bee Conservation is the first in a series of synopses that will cover different species groups and habitats, gradually building into a comprehensive summary of evidence on the effects of conservation interventions for all biodiversity throughout the world. By making evidence accessible in this way, we hope to enable a change in the practice of conservation, so it can become more evidence-based. We also aim to highlight where there are gaps in knowledge.
This synopsis covers evidence on the effects of conservation interventions for native, wild bees. Evidence from all around the world is included. Conservation interventions are grouped primarily according to the relevant direct threats, as defined in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Unified Classification of Direct Threats
This book is written for people who have to make decisions about how best to support or conserve biodiversity. You might be a land manager, a conservationist in the public or private sector, a farmer, a campaigner, an advisor or consultant, a policy-maker, a researcher or someone taking action to protect your own local wildlife.
Our synopses summarise scientific evidence relevant to your conservation objectives and the actions you could take to achieve them. We do not aim to make your decisions for you, but to support your decision-making by telling you what evidence there is (or isn't) about the effects that your planned actions could have.
Threat: residential and commercial development
Threat: land use change due to agriculture
Threat: pollution - agricultural and forestry effluents
Threat: transportation and service corridors
Threat: biological resource use
Threat: natural system modification
Threat: invasive non-native species
Threat: problematic native species
Providing artificial nest sites for bees
Education and awareness-raising
Lynn Dicks is a Research Associate in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.
David Showler is a Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia and the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.
William Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge.