Polli:Nation Survey

The Polli:Nation survey is a large-scale national survey that will provide answers to important research questions about the health and status of pollinating insects across the UK.

You can contribute to this research by becoming a citizen scientist and surveying your local patch (school grounds, park or garden) for pollinators.

Suitable for:

March to September is survey time

Here are the results from our first season

Why should I take part?

The survey gives you the opportunity to learn about pollinators and your local environment, get outside and learn new skills, and to contribute to important scientific research. The survey is for everyone, not just the registered Polli:Nation schools. So whether you don’t yet know your Honeybees from your Hoverflies, or you are a Lepidopteran (Butterflies and Moths) expert this survey is for you! No prior experience is necessary to take part in the survey; it has been designed for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. The Survey Booklet will guide you through the survey methodology step-by-step, and if you need any extra help you can refer to the Group Leader Support Guide.

How do I take part?

  • Step 1 – Download and print the documents in English or in Welsh , ideally in colour.
  • Step 2 – Find a suitable area and start looking for pollinators!
  • Step 3 – Tell us what you find using our simple online form.

What do I need to take part?

Download these free resources to start surveying your local patch.

If you are surveying alone you will need just the Survey Booklet and Identification Guide. If you are running the survey as a group leader please download all four documents.

I have finished the survey what should I do next?

Once you have completed the survey, please tell us what you found using our simple online form.

Alternatively, please send your completed survey to the following Freepost address:

Freepost RSCH-CKYJ-HYYC, OPAL, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, London, SW7 2AZ

And remember, if you plan to make habitat improvements to your survey site then please re-survey your site the following year to help us build a clearer picture of how habitat changes are affecting the abundance of pollinators.

If you enjoyed this survey, why not try another, there are other OPAL surveys available 

Just want to submit a Species Quest sighting?

Use the form below to tell us about a Species Quest pollinator you’ve spotted outside the survey. Please include a photo if you can.

Extension Activities:

If you have enjoyed the survey and would like to build on what you have learnt, then try the ‘Site mapping’ extension activity. Or why not build a home for pollinators by giving our ‘Make a bee hotel’ activity a go.

Other useful links:

By downloading this survey you agree to the terms and conditions of the OPAL Polli:Nation survey

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