Journal article

The conservation value of urban green space habitats for Australian native bee communities

Caragh G Threlfall, Ken Walker, Nicholas SG Williams, Amy K Hahs, Luis Mata, Nigel Stork, Stephen J Livesley



Networks of urban green space can provide critical resources for wild bees, however it is unclear which attributes of green spaces provide these resources, or how their management can be improved to benefit a diversity of bee species. We examined bee communities in three dominant urban green space habitats: (1) golf courses (2) public parks and (3) front gardens and streetscapes in residential neighbourhoods in Melbourne, Australia and assessed which local and landscape attributes influenced bee communities. There was a greater abundance and richness of bee species in public parks compared to golf courses and residential neighbourhoods, where the latter habitat was dominated by European Hone..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank our volunteers for their field assistance, and participating residents, municipalities and golf courses for granting access to their properties. This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (LP110100686), the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association, who also provided invaluable logistics support. We particularly acknowledge John Geary for his assistance. LM wishes to acknowledge the support of funding from the Agencia de Gestio d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). AKH would like to acknowledge funding from The Baker Foundation.