The Dutch gas company Gasunie plans to turn some of its land into a bee habitat. Wageningen UR is involved in this too.
No venture, no gain. So Cornelissen gave this idea a shot at the Gasunie. The Gasunie has land and tracks all over the country. By planting flowers in these areas, 'nectar highways' can be created, says Cornelissen. The Gas Department welcomed the idea. 'They were very enthusiastic straightaway and even wanted to invest in it.' Cornelissen's plan ties in with the Gas Department's own initiatives to landscape its terrain in a natural way.
Research will be carried out to find simple ways to make city areas more suitable for bees. In addition to sowing in some of its land, the Gasunie will also cooperate actively in data collection. Cornelissen: 'It will assist in our efforts to chart the various bee populations by setting traps. These traps will be collected once a week so that we can do the analysis.' This bee project with the Gasunie will last for three years.