PP-ICON / Plant-Pollinator Integrated CONservation approach: a demonstrative proposal – LIFE09/NAT/IT000212

field activity

Azione C.2

  • author: Marta
  • Thursday 26 April 2012

Providing nests for solitary pollinators.
Holes of different size will be suitable for different species.


After less than a week we can see the first visitors.


Azione C.4

  • author: Marta
  • Friday 11 November 2011


Adult plants transplanting of three selected nectariferous species (Hedysarum coronarium, Teucrium chamaedrys, Helleborous viridis) in the project area.
In these cases we preferred not to collect seeds because the time needed to obtain adult flowering plants would be too long with respect to project lifetime.
The early-flowering Helleborous viridis represents a very important source for bumblebees queens, especially when the flowering season is late.

Azione C.4

  • author: Marta

Ottobre 2011
Starting of seed germination at Botanic Garden.



From October 2011 to March 2012 seeds of other 10-12 autochthonous nectariferous species (mainly collected in the wild) will be germinated at the Botanic Garden, by a gardner with expertise in seed germnation, under supervision of the Botanic Garden curator. Twenty to twenty-five plants of esch species will be then transplanted in the abandoned pastures near the target area, in order to reinforce the populations of other nectariferous plants by the time when new colonies and nests of pollinators will be introduced.


Azione C.3

  • author: Marta
  • Monday 3 October 2011

Bumblebee rearing: collection of bumblebee queens in the surronding of the target area


Azione E.3

  • author: Marta
  • Wednesday 14 September 2011

Pollinator fauna monitoring in the target area.

Azione E.3

  • author: Marta
  • Wednesday 10 August 2011

Pollinator fauna monitoring in the target area.

Azione C.3

  • author: Marta
  • Friday 1 July 2011

Bumblebee rearing: mating and hybernation.

Young queens and males of Bombus terrestris and Bombus hypnorum were mated inside flying cages.

After mating fertilized queens were placed inside Petri dishes in a climeta chamber at 5°C.