Schlieren prepares urban areas for wild bees


Schlieren ZH – As part of the Schlierefäschts, the city of Schlieren, together with conservationists from the associations IG Wilde Biene and Naturnetz Mittelland, upgraded areas for wild bees. In 2024, the wild bee population in Schlieren will be cataloged.

At the Schlierefäscht, the city of Schlieren, together with the non-profit organizations IG Wilde Biene and Naturnetz Mittelland, enhanced four urban areas for wild bees. The municipal operation was carried out by the green maintenance department of the city of Schlieren. According to a media release, school classes from Schlierem were also involved and completed one of the areas. In the case of area enhancement for wild bees, the sites were first stripped with wall gravel and then specific bee-friendly plant species were placed and seeded. In addition, nesting aids were installed.

The 2024 wild bee population in Schlieren will be evaluated, the city announces. Only six wild bee species have been reported for the entire municipal area of Schlieren in the last 100 years, which can only correspond to a fraction of the actual wild bee fauna of Schlieren. In the canton of Zurich 343 species are known, in the city of Zurich alone well over 200.

To fill this information gap, mapping will be conducted by specialized ecologists between April and September 2024. The action will be funded by donations, according to the release. All wild bee detections are recorded in the internet app called Bee-Finder. The aim is to collect information for targeted wild bee protection, which can then be used to inform the city as well as private individuals, companies, architects or builders.

This year, IG Wilde Biene was a nature partner of the Schlierefäschts 2023 and used this platform to publicize its work in the protection of endangered wild bees. Donations were also collected, which the association intends to use for wild bee conservation in Schlieren. ce/gba