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Farm Pollinator Survey


Plans are well under way for the third Open Farm Sunday farm Pollinator Survey to take place on 8th June 2014. It is being organised by the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).

Farmers across Britain are invited to host the survey on their farm.  Whether you are hosting a big Open Farm Sunday event, or you are planning to do the survey with neighbours and friends, it is a great opportunity to build up a picture of the number and variety of pollinating insects on farms, and feed in to this national survey. 

On the day teams of volunteer scientists and wildlife enthusiasts will be at selected Open Farm Sunday events to encourage visitors to count the number and type of insects they see in different habitats, including field margins or crops. 

How does it work?

Participants are invited 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.  Printed survey forms will be sent out by LEAF.  The completed forms can either be inputted direct or sent to CEH to be inputted into the national database.

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 either by email openfarmsunday@leafuk.org or telephone Annabel Shackleton 024 7641 3911 for more information.

Over 16,000 insects recorded in 2012 Pilot Pollinator Survey!

Pollinator surveyOpen 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!