Join the pollinator count!

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During National Pollinator Awareness Week we ask people to join our pollinator count. What better excuse to grab a cup of tea and a friend and spend fifteen minutes out in the sun? The data will feed into national records that will help us to understand more about these vital species and how to conserve them.

Who can take part?

Anyone! The count is easy to do, you don’t need to be able to identify species of bees or butterflies.

What do I need?
  • A green space with one of the flowers that you’ll find on the plants ID sheet, such as lavender, white clover, common knapweed, ivy, or a number of other common species.
  • Pollinators and plants ID sheet to help you pick out your species
  • A Pollinators Survey worksheet to record your results
  • A Pollinators ID follow on activity to pick out any especially interesting pollinator species
  • 4 markers (such as sticks or rocks) and a tape measure to set your survey area
  • A pen to write everything down
  • A clock or watch to time yourself
What do I do?

The activity should take about 15 minutes.

  • Measure out a 0.5m x 0.5m square containing one of the plant species from the ID sheet.
  • Spend exactly ten minutes counting how many insects visit that flower species.
  • Record your results on the survey worksheet.
  • Pop them into this Excel document or scan your sheet and send to us at data@bnhc.org.uk
  • Please send them to us even if no insects visit the flowers. A negative result is still a result!

 

Have fun!