Bee Stops: Dutch City Installs Roof Gardens In All Bus Stops To Preserve Endangered Bees & Reduce Air Pollution

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Bus stops around the world have time and again grabbed headlines – sometimes for their artistic appeal or sometimes for their sustainability quotient, being built out of recycled plastic. However, Dutch city Utrecht surely went a step ahead of all in terms of redefining their bus stops. The city achieved the unthinkable with all her bus stops now converted to picturesque bee-stops. 

Precisely, 316 bus stops in Utrecht now sport a rooftop garden vibrant with summer blooms, which invite honeybees and bumblebees – two endangered species in the country. The initiative by Utrecht municipality has received wide acclaim from around the world.

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Bee Stops: Hotspots For Biodiversity

According to BrightVibes, the bus stop terraces have become mini biodiversity hotspots with sprightly coloured seasonal flowers interspersed with sedum plants. The bee-stop gardens have been created and are maintained by dedicated municipality workers.

The gardens not only provide an aesthetic respite from the concrete jungle all around but also help in keeping the bus stops cooler and cosier. They also capture dust, dirt and airborne germs as well as conserves rainwater.

Plans of installing solar panels atop these bee stops are in the pipeline for Utrecht municipality. “A green roof is good for a healthy and livable city … that can, therefore, cope better with climate problems,” states the official website of Utrecht.

 

Environmental Incentives In Utrecht

Interestingly, all the municipality workers in the city commute exclusively in electric vehicles, since Utrecht has started replacing their diesel and petrol-driven public transport with electric buses and cars. Moreover, the electricity for these vehicles is mostly sourced from windmills.

The city aims to become completely CO2-neutral in transport by 2028. Striving towards that goal, the authorities have initiated extra incentive benefits for bus drivers who opt for environment-friendly vehicles and fuels. In fact, the drivers are nominated for periodic awards based on how ‘cleaner, better and safer’ they drive, states Provincie Utrecht.

The ambit of environmental incentives in Utrecht is not restricted to bus stops and public transport only. The inhabitants of this beautiful Dutch city are also eligible for special incentives if they create roof gardens and green patches in their own homes.

No Risk Of Bee Stings

Around 358 types of bees are found in the Netherlands, most of which are endangered species, enlisted in the Dutch Red List (RL). Utrecht’s path-breaking initiative towards conserving bees will possibly be replicated across the Netherlands. Although many around the globe are sceptical about bee stops being prone to more bee stings, experts assure that bees are actually very gentle species which do not attack humans or other animals unless they are countered.

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Photo Series: Wildlife Bridges Across The World Are Saving Hundreds Of Animals From Road Accidents

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Highways piercing through pristine forests are not something new in the world. In fact, the problem has not only violated the ecological balance in many biodiversity hotspots around the globe but led to the death of countless wild animals also, who, unaware of the bane of modern civilisation, tried to cross the roads with traffic at shooting speeds. In many cases, road accidents are the main threat to the survival of endangered animal species. However, unknown to most people, many countries have been constructing wildlife bridges to allow a free, unperturbed passage to animals across busy highways.

No one has ever become poor by giving
– Anne Frank

From a bridge for crabs to turtle tunnel under a railway track, a blue penguin underpass or an overpass for deers, many countries have contrived engineering marvels for preserving the precious fauna in their shrinking habitats.

Efforts For Good presents you glimpses of the most notable wildlife passes and walkways around the world.

Crab Bridge in Christmas Island, Australia

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Source: parkaustralia (Instagram)

Bridge for animals in North Brabant Province, Netherlands

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: rijkswaterstaat.nl

Ecoduct Duinpoort, The Netherlands

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: masterok.livejournal.com

Animal Crossing Bridge, The Netherlands

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: old.cbw.ge

Bee Highway in Oslo, Norway

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: Ecowatch

Turtle Tunnel, Japan

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: Bored Panda

Blue Penguin Underpass, New Zealand

Blue Penguin Underpass, Oamaru

The blue penguins are happily taking to their new underpass – the first of its kind in New Zealand! This underpass helps provide safe passage for the penguins from the harbour to their nests across the busy road. To monitor the use of the passage, we set up a few cameras. With a little light at the end of the tunnel to guide the way, the little blues just waddle on through! #penguins #LittleBluesInOamaru #OBPC #wildlife #WaitakiNZ

Posted by Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony on Thursday, November 3, 2016


Rope Bridge in Victoria, Australia

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: Sydney Morning Herald

Eco Link @BKE, Singapore

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: blogs.ntu.edu.sg

Salmon Cannon in Columbia River, Eastern Washington, USA

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Credits: www.amazing-places.com

Wildlife Overpass in Alberta, Canada

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: World Atlas

Wildlife Overpass In Banff, Alberta

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: cheezburger.com

Wildlife Crossing in Belgium

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: BoredPanda

Elephant Underpass in Kenya

Wildlife Overpasses Photo Series
Credits: djc.com

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In India, many highways, expressways or railway tracks pass through protected wildlife sanctuaries, often resulting in the death of elephants and other herd animals. Indian wildlife authorities should take inspiration from other countries and replicate similar overpasses or underpasses that prevent accidental deaths of wild animals.

Also Read: To Feed Roadside Monkeys, Fruit Trees To Be Planted In 850+ Acres By Odisha Forest Dept

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