Pollinator Survey 2013
The Open Farm Sunday farm Pollinator Survey was once again a huge success in 2013. We are delighted that it will be taking place again on Open Farm Sunday, 8th June 2014. It is being organised by the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).
On the day a team of volunteer scientists and wildlife enthusiasts will be encouraging visitors to selected farms to count the number and type of insects they see in different habitats, including field margins or crops. They will be asking visitors to spend five minutes counting insects on flowers in a crop habitat, followed by 5 minutes counting insects on flowers in an adjacent, non-crop habitat. Survey forms will be sent out by LEAF.
We are currently selecting the farms to host the survey this year. If you would like to get involved - as either a host farm, or a helper to run the survey, please get in touch with LEAF: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Annabel Shackleton 024 7641 3911 for more information.
In 2013 the Pollinator Survey is supported by Cotswold Seeds who supply a wide range of seeds to farmers to help them create the best possible habitats for wildlife.
Over 16,000 insects recorded in 2012 Pilot Pollinator Survey!
Open Farm Sunday 2012 saw the first ever on-farm pollinator survey. The survey was enjoyed on 36 farms across the country, with over 550 people taking part! We wish to thank all of the participants and host farmers who all played a part in making the survey the huge success that it was. You can view the results, maps and more here.
People visiting farms across the country had the opportunity to discover at first hand the importance of nature and pollinators to their food in a fun and engaging way. With the value of insect pollination estimated at £131 billion globally, ‘pollinators’ are very important to farmers and any research that can aid or improve pollination will be of benefit to the whole industry.
Why not take a look at our pollinator movie and find out the value of pollinators!