Updates from the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and National Honey Monitoring Scheme

Updates from the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and National Honey Monitoring Scheme

Dr Claire Carvell and Dr Anna Oliver, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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For the last in our series of our country lectures we will hear about two world leading monitoring schemes run by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH, Wallingford). Both schemes give us important insights at time when many species of insect pollinators are in decline in the UK.

Dr Claire Carvell, an ecologist, leads the Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Claire will tell us about “The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS): four years on”.  This scheme is the world’s first national scheme generating systematic data on the changes in the populations pollinating insects. Claire will also up-date us on two new pollinator surveys  (10-minute Flower-Insect Timed Counts and a more intensive 1 km square survey) which are running throughout the UK and let you know how you can get involved!

Dr Anna Oliver, a molecular biologist, will be presenting the story so far on ‘The National Honey Monitoring Scheme: Using citizen science to understand the foraging habits of UK honeybees’

Many of you will know of the scheme which aims to monitor how the foraging habits of UK honeybees respond to a changing environment. Further, if these changes can be used to provide information on the health of our countryside. It is the first UK-wide analysis of its kind, and uses advanced DNA barcoding techniques to identify traces of pollen in honey. Find out how to include your honey samples in the scheme.

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