There is a growing body of evidence that both wild and managed insect pollinators have declined in the last 30 years in abundance and diversity, and parallel declines in the plants they pollinate suggest that the losses are linked. However, the causes of the declines in pollinators and the nature of any links to changes in wildflower populations remain unclear.
The most likely causes are linked to the changes in land use and management in the last few decades. The AgriLand project aims to provide important information on this issue by investigating the links between past land use change and historical pollinator community shifts. Furthermore, the importance of four of the most likely causes of declines will be studied in contrasting landscapes and habitats on a nationwide scale.
The project has three main aims: