Brock University professor looks at ways to save the bees

If you want to do your part to save Niagara's bees, a bit of chaos in the garden may actually be a good thing.

According to a policy brief from Brock University Professor of Biology Miriam Richards a slightly overgrown garden and scatterings of twigs and leaves can provide a stable environment for the pollinators.

Bee populations have been shrinking in Niagara, mainly due to the destruction of their natural habitats.

Richards says some of the steps we can take to help the insects include growing flowering vegetables (like pumpkin or squash), leaving patches of open soil so bees can nest, and enabling local governments to limit the size of parking lots to provide more space for bees to thrive.

Niagara is home to more than 150 species of bees.