There are over 4,000 species of pollinating insect in the UK that provide us with a valuable free service that is often taken for granted. With the loss of over 97% of our wildflower meadows since World War Two, many of our pollinators have experienced significant population declines.
• 250 pollinators are threatened with extinction
• 6 of our 25 bumblebee species have declined massively
• 3 bumblebees have been declared extinct in the last 100 years
• 4 butterflies and over 60 moths have become extinct during the last century
• Three-quarters of British butterflies are in decline
As part of the John Muir Pollinator Way project, Buglife are encouraging people of all ages to get outside this summer and look for pollinating insects and the flowers they are foraging from. This will not only improve the recording of species but ultimately help monitor the long-term trend of populations of several species. Not only that but it’s fun to look for bees and hoverflies and the flowers they feed from!
For this survey, Buglife have designed a two page spotting sheet with information on 4 bumblebees, 2 solitary bees, 5 hoverflies, a bee fly and two beetles to loo our for. This sheet also allows you to write notes on the flowers that your pollinator has visited as well as anything else of interest. There is a separate one page recording sheet that accompanies the spotting sheet.
To get started, download the pollinator spotting sheet and recording form on the right hand side of this page. Go out on a bright sunny day fora visit to your local park, nature reserve or even your garden and record what you see. Remember to submit your records and these will let us see where you have been and what you have seen.
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For more information about the John Muir Pollinator Way project
Buglife would like to thank Scottish Natural Heritage for funding this project