Good news for biodiversity: Pollinator and plant declines are slowing down in NW Europe!

By | May 22, 2013

Our Ecology Letters paper on plant and pollinator declines has just been made available online. And it is open access, so check it out!

It shows that the rates of decline of biodiversity and rates of biotic homogenisation have recently been much slower than in the past, at least for North-West European plants and pollinators (bees, butterflies, hoverflies). It is a big deal. Majority of current large-scale ecological studies report destruction, extinctions, adverse effects of climate change, shrinking habitats, deforestation - simply doom and no hope. Although our study does not say the opposite, it reports that the rate of doom is actually slowing down, and that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Another positive implication of our study is that the large-scale EU conservation policies might have actually worked. However, we do not explicitly and directly model it in the paper.

Full reference:

Carvalheiro L.G., Kunin W.E., Keil P., Aguirre-Gutiérrez J., Ellis W.N., Fox R., Groom Q., Hennekens S., Van Landuyt W., Maes D., Van de Meutter F., Michez D., Rasmont P., Ode B., Potts S.G., Reemer M., Roberts S.P.M., Schaminée J., WallisDeVries M.F., & Biesmeijer J.C. (2013) Species richness declines and biotic homogenisation have slowed down for NW-European pollinators and plants. Ecology Letters, online early.

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