You have probably heard that bees have been struggling around the world due to a combination of risks, including parasites, pathogens, pesticides, climate change, industrial agriculture, monocultures and loss of habitat due to urbanisation.
The domestication of this species has now reached the point that they depend on human intervention for their survival.
By depending on this single struggling species we forget about all the other pollinators that contribute to pollination in New Zealand.
We have over 30 species of native bees. Unlike the honey bee most of these bees are solitary and nest in the ground. We also have a variety of native birds, bats, lizards, skinks, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and other insects that all contribute to the pollination of plants we need to survive.
Our goal is to connect key pollinator habitat patches such as parks and urban agricultural centres using vegetated corridors that support habitat for these pollinators. These pathways will help bring these crucial pollinators into our urban areas to enable our growing urban food network thrive.
Creating safe places for pollinators is important because pollinators are declining at rapid rates, which could be devastating for food security as they are vital for the pollination of around three-quarters of the food we eat.
The demand on the world’s natural resources is encouraging the move towards localised food sources, reducing food miles, supporting the local economy, preserving green-space and creating community bonds and connections. Creating local food sources is often more difficult in an urban environment as there is pressure on limited land, but the recent flurry of community gardening and backyard growing has started to reconnect broken communities with each other and their own local food sources.
The increase in impervious surfaces which is inherent in a continually developing city has had a strong impact on ecological systems, reducing connections and biodiversity.
Pollinator Paths help heal the pollinator crisis by improving habitat connections with an array of installations that break up the concrete jungle and restore the ecological balance.
We need to start producing food more locally and increasing connected habitat for the pollinators that help us create the future we want to see in the world.
Pollination is the pathway to making healthier, more productive cities.
Grey Lynn Pollinator Path
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