Approximately 30,000 people participated in the project this summer, resulting in just over 4,000 bumblebee data entries from all across the UK. They were asked to record bumblebee sightings on lavender plants as part of EDF Energy‟s Big Bumblebee Discovery, a nationwide citizen science experiment in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA). The initial results were today announced at the British Science Festival by experts from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

The results suggest that areas of greater density of flowers were better for bumblebee sightings – a factor which is especially important in landscapes which generally have low densities of flowers, such as urban localities. In otherwise hostile city habitats, flowers such as lavender represent „flower-rich oases‟ and so can support large numbers of bumblebees.

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