Pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, are in decline across the UK. These insects are homeless and hungry, suffering from a lack of places to nest and feed. To help reverse this trend OPAL has created the Polli:Nation survey which will enable everyone to:
- Survey their outdoor space using the new survey
- Make improvements for pollinators to their outdoor space
- Re-survey their outdoor space to see the impacts the improvements have had
The survey, part of the UK-wide Polli:Nation project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery fund and is led by Learning through Landscapes, has been developed by a consortium of concerned conservation organisations including OPAL Imperial College London, The Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. OPAL wants to encourage schools, community groups and individuals across the UK to take part in it's new national pollinator survey and to make pollinator friendly habitat improvements to their outdoor space.
Naturalist, broadcaster and patron of Learning through Landscapes, Sir David Attenborough, recently showed his support for the project and the survey explaining, “I am delighted that the Learning through Landscapes project, ‘Polli:Nation’- has been given funding support by the Heritage Lottery Fund and I am looking forward to seeing thousands of school children gaining an understanding of pollinator species and their essential role in our world today. Pollination is a vital support system and without it we could not exist - this is very important work indeed."
David Slawson, Director of OPAL, adds, “Everyone is concerned that our bees, butterflies and other pollinators are struggling but often we don’t know how to help. This survey gives everyone - schools, families, scout or brownie groups - a fun way to survey their local patch, learn about and protect pollinating insects and their places they live, and become scientists for a day”.
The data collected through the Polli:Nation survey will be used to aid research on the health and status of pollinating insects across the UK.
Free survey resources can be downloaded at www.opalexplorenature.org/polli-nation and results can be submitted either online or by post.