Polli:Nation Survey results

Citizen scientists taking part in our Polli:Nation Survey (launched in 2016) conduct a two part survey on pollinators and their habitats. In the first activity, they record the feeding, nesting and shelter habitats available to pollinating insects within a survey site and more broadly in the local area. In the second activity, participants record the pollinating insects visiting a quadrat within their survey site. The survey encourages people to make habitat improvements in their green spaces and repeat the survey the following year, with two thirds of participants committing to making such changes.

What have we found?

 The data submitted by OPAL participants shows that:

  • The flowers associated with the greatest number of pollinators were bramble, buddleia and cow parsley, although these were not the most common flowers overall in the survey (which were daisy, buttercup, dandelion and clover)
  • The percentage flower cover and sunshine were important factors in determining the number of pollinators seen

pollinator pie chartBreakdown of pollinator species observed (Data from 2016)

See more results in our blog, 8 things we’ve learned from the first year of the Polli:Nation survey. We are now into the second year of the Polli:Nation survey and are currently analysing the impact of making changes to habitats has on pollinators. 

See results on the OPAL Data ExplorerPollination icon

Explore the OPAL Polli:Nation Survey results and draw your own conclusions. Use the OPAL Data Explorer to:

  • Map results from all submitted Polli:Nation Surveys
  • See how average number of pollinators varied according to temperature, weather or windiness
  • Compare your results with other participants'

View Polli:Nation Survey results on the OPAL Data Explorer (opens in new window)

Next steps

  • Beewatch (University of Aberdeen) Submit your bumblebee photos and learn what to plant in your garden to feed different bumblebee species
  • Planting for pollinators (RHS website) Tips for gardeners on how to get pollinators flocking to your patch