Turns out lockdown was just what nature needed.
While the Coronavirus outbreak has been pretty bleak, to say the least, it turns out its not all bad news. As the majority of humans remain indoors for their safety, the Earth is getting a well-needed nap – with air pollution levels in busy cities drastically lowering, the canals of Venice cleaner than ever, and even a hole in the Ozone layer healing above the Arctic. It’s a small yet miraculous step in the fight to prevent climate change, but a welcome one at that.
And now, bees and wildflowers appear to be flourishing, with the species absolutely thriving in the absence of human life.
As non-essential workers press pause on their businesses, more and more green spaces (both private and public) are becoming overgrown with wildflowers, giving bees their very own playground to pollinate in. Plantlife, a wild plant conservation charity, has said: “There’s hope that reduced cutting frequencies might be a silver lining for verge wildflowers, giving once-familiar flowers, such as white campion, betony, greater knapweed and harebell, the chance to grow, flower and set seed.”
Road Verge Campaign Manager for Plantlife, Kate Petty, added: “The fix is startlingly straightforward. Simply cutting verges less and later will save plants, money and reduce emissions. We need to rewild ourselves and accept nature’s wonderful ‘messiness’.”
And while you may be thinking “but who wants a scruffy looking garden?”, scientifically speaking, leaving your garden to overgrow is helpful to honey bees, whose global population is dramatically dwindling. Simply speaking, more wildflowers means more bees can pollinate – and they’ll also attract other species such as butterflies, birds and bats while they’re there.
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