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Road verges could be havens for pollinators


Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, according to new research involving the University of East Anglia.

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies benefit from the plants and flowers in road verges, which form a network of “corridors” that provide food and shelter.

While there are downsides of living by the road, including exposure to pollution and the risk of being hit by vehicles, the researchers found that the benefits for insects far outweigh the costs. MORE

Header image: University of East Anglia.