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Buzz stops: Bus shelter roofs turned into gardens for bees and butterflies

By Phoebe Weston

24 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian has a story about “bee bus stops” popping up across Europe featuring “pollinator-friendly flora.” Waiting for the bus won’t be the same.

Butterflies and bees are getting their own transport network as “bee bus stops” start to pop up around UK cities and across Europe. Humble bus shelter roofs are being turned into riots of colour, with the number of miniature gardens – full of pollinator-friendly flora such as wild strawberries, poppies and pansies – set to increase by 50% in the UK by the end of this year.

Leicester is leading the charge with 30 bee bus stops installed since 2021. Derby has 18, and there are others in Southhampton, Newcastle, Sunderland, Derby, Oxford, Cardiff and Glasgow. Brighton council installed one last year after a petition was signed by almost 50,000 people.

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