Friday, 14 June 2013

Some early drafts of the method emerges.

Measuring flower colour
Each 100m strip we walked. While doing that the colour of flowers was recorded. The flowers were counted in the three zones; the results were verified by double checking and sharing with other groups to see if they were roughly the same. This affects the different types of bees because if there are no brightly coloured flowers then hardly any bees will pollenate them, this means the different types of bees will decrease.
Preferred bee plants   
While walking the 100m strip, preferred bee flowers were found then recorded. This was also done in the three zones the urban zone, agricultural zone and the wild life zone. Dandelions were mostly found in groups in the agricultural zone, daisies were also found in that same zone.

To find the bee prefered walk slowly so the bees don't get scared, and carry a plant spotting guide to check which plants bees prefer. Observe which plants the bees land on and then record the name of the plant. If a spotting guide is not availble, take a photo (with flash off) of the plants the bees land on so it can be studied in the lab.
Select a strip that is 100m long by 4m wide. Estimate the frequency of the flowers in the strip.
A  (90%)Abundant
C  (75%)
F  (50%)Frequent
O  (25%)Occasional
R  (<25%)Rare
NF (0%)Not Flowered

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