Forthe third consecutive year, the National Farm Pollinator Survey will be a keyelement of Open Farm Sunday. Led by scientists from the NERC Centre for Ecologyand Hydrology (CEH), this important research is helping to build a greaterunderstanding of the role insects play in pollinating crops.
LEAF(Linking Environment And Farming), the organiser of Open Farm Sunday is callingon farmers to take part in the survey and partner with local experts such asentomologists and wildlife enthusiasts, to help visitors get involved and getcounting insects on the 8th June.
Visitorsto farms participating in the Pollinator Survey on Open Farm Sunday farms willbe asked to count the number and type of insects they see in different habitats- both field margins and crops. Scientists from the Centre for Ecology &Hydrology will be supported on farms by fellow experts from the BritishEcological Society and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, but key to the successof the survey is the widespread participation of the public and local experts.
Insects like bees, wasps, hoverflies and butterflies are critical for thegrowth of 80% of crops like fruit and vegetables that are vital to Britishfarmers, says LEAF.
*There is still time for farmers to register forOpen Farm Sunday – click here to register now! If you’re interested in pollinating insects andyou’re a LEAF member you can download our new guide, ‘Great habitats, moreflowers, better protection – LEAF’s guide to pollinating insects for farmers’.Log in and download the guide here.