Hur kommer det att gå för blommande växter och pollinatörer i våra vägkanter?
: En enkätundersökning till vägsamfälligheter i Laholms kommun år 2021

Translated title of the thesis: What is the future for roadside plants and pollinators?: A survey to private road management units in Laholm municipality, Sweden
  • Elvira Seeberg

Student thesis: Bachelor

Abstract

Due to landscape changes the last hundred years there is a lack of suitable habitats for wild flowering plants and pollinating insects, like grazed grasslands and meadows. This has contributed to a decline of many of these species, but road verges functions as important refuges for these. Private roads are the longest road-category in Sweden – yet road communities for these roads gets no national guidelines about this. The purpose of this survey is to investigate the awareness of the threats to flowering plants and pollinators in road communities and identify barriers and possibilities for them to improve road verge habitats and the feasibility of certain road verge management alterations. In this study a survey was sent out to road communities in Laholm municipality, Sweden. Laholm municipality is renouncing the management responsibilities for private road communities, and therefore a relevant question is how the road communities will manage their road verges on their own? It showed that most thought that road verges were important habitats for flowers and pollinators and that the threats against them were serious. The most feasible alteration was to cut road verges in late summer, and the least feasible was removal of hay. Commonly barriers to be able to improve road verge habitats were that road verges were to narrow due to surrounding agriculture, lack of resources, differing opinions about management and lack of knowledge. Spreading knowledge to road communities may lead to a greater acceptance and understanding to a flower and pollinator – friendly road verge management.

Date of Award2021-Apr-06
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorJohan Elmberg (Supervisor) & Nils-Olof Svensson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Landscape Science Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Environmental Sciences (10502)

Keywords

  • flowering plants
  • pollinators
  • road verges
  • private roads
  • road communities
  • landscape science

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