Online talk: How will climate change affect insect pollinators?

Discover North-East nature at home by revisiting your favourite Natural History Talks, delivered by local naturalists and environmental experts.

You can watch previous talks on Roseate ternsbumblebees, ancient woodlands and much more elsewhere on this blog.

This week, we’re thrilled to share a popular talk by postdoctoral researcher at Newcastle University, Ellen Moss.

How will climate change affect insect pollinators and the wildflowers they feed from?

“Bee declines” have been a media hot topic for several years now, but most of the coverage focuses on just one species: honeybees. The UK has around 250 species of native wild bees and many hundreds of species of flies, wasps, butterflies, and moths, all of which act as vital pollinators of our native plants and crops. Ellen’s research looks at how climate change affects this wider community of pollinating insects and wildflowers, and what the consequences could be for humans and society.

Ellen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle, working on pollinators.

Watch the talk here

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