Using citizen science to examine the nesting ecology of ground-nesting bees

Maher, Stephanie and Manco, Fabrizio and Ings, Thomas C. (2019) Using citizen science to examine the nesting ecology of ground-nesting bees. Ecosphere, 10 (10). e02911. ISSN 2150-8925

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Suitable nest sites are a crucial habitat requirement of ground nesting bees, but empirical studies of fossorial solitary bee nesting ecology in the UK are few in number. This study used a citizen science approach to overcome the logistical and temporal barriers associated with this type of research and to gather data on the abiotic environment associated with the nesting aggregations of four fossorial solitary bee species in the UK. Three hundred and ninety-four records were submitted by the public between March and November 2017. Sixty percent (236) of these records were verified as indicative of active nesting aggregations of the target species. Overall, the species in this study demonstrated the capacity to nest within a broad range of environmental variables. Although Colletes hederae (Schmidt and Westrich, 1993) was often reported from sloped, unshaded sites, and Andrena fulva (Müller in Allioni, 1766) was regularly associated with flat, shaded locations. This study demonstrated the efficacy of a citizen science approach in surmounting the intrinsic difficulties associated with studying solitary bee nest sites, which are both ephemeral and cryptic structures in the landscape.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Solitary bees, citizen science, nesting ecology, ground nesting bees
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 15:26
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:54

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