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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), supported by the British Ecological Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Cotswold Grass Seeds.

It is a great opportunity to build up a picture of the number and variety of pollinating insects on farms a part of 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 two minutes counting insects on flowers in a crop habitat, followed by two 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.

For more information email openfarmsunday@leafuk.org or telephone Annabel Shackleton 024 7641 3911.

Almost 10,000 insects recorded in 2013 Pilot Pollinator Survey

Pollinator surveyIn 2013 the survey went national with with 31 farms participating across England, Wales and Scotland. It is a great example of citizen science helping scientists to build up a picture of the range and diversity of pollinating insects on UK farmland.  540 survey forms were completed.  9950 insects recorded (3,901 on flowers on crops and 6,049 on flowers in adjacent non-cop habitats.  Over 38 volunteer scientists from CEH and other organisations were on farms to guide the public.  A big thank you to everyone involved.

Why not take a look at our pollinator movie and find out the value of pollinators!