Pollinator Survey 2013
Visitors to selected Open Farm Sunday events are being invited to take part in this year's Open Farm Sunday Pollinator Survey. Organised by the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), a team of volunteer scientists and wildlife enthusiasts will be out on certain farms to help visitors to count the number and type of insects they see in different habitats, including field margins or crops.
To find a farm
which will be hosting the Pollinator Survey, look out for the pollinator 'bee' symbol whilst searching for a local farm to visit here
To find out more about pollinators and the survey, view the video below.
This year 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.
2012 Pollinator Survey Success!
Open Farm Sunday 2012 saw the first ever on-farm pollinator survey. The survey was enjoyed on 36 farms across the country - over 16,000 insects were recorded by over 550 people who took 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!