Cities aren’t exactly friendly towards wildlife. Sure, they can offer an unlikely environment for certain species – garbage insects or urban foxes, anyone? On the whole, though, cities tend to pave over the natural environment, and send any surviving creatures off into the countryside.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is trying to stem that tide: companies, individuals, and state bodies have all clubbed together to create bee-friendly havens throughout the city. Once they have enough of these, the reasoning goes, the city will act as a thriving corridor of food and shelter for the endangered insects.
It’s not a bad move for the country’s farming industry, either. Bees are needed to pollinate most forms of agriculture, and the dying off of bee populations has forced farmers in China and the US to pollinate their crops by hand.
Bybi, an environmental group, is leading the project. Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the group, told AFP: