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Be(e) part of the Pollinator Survey on June 8th!
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:58

OFS Colour Plain DatedFor the third consecutive year, the National Farm Pollinator Survey will be a key element of Open Farm Sunday.

Led by scientists from the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), this important research is helping to build a greater understanding of the role insects play in pollinating crops. LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the organiser of Open Farm Sunday is calling on farmers to take part in the survey and partner with local experts such as entomologists and wildlife enthusiasts, to help visitors get involved and get counting insects on the 8th June.
 

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Visitors to farms participating in the Pollinator Survey on Open Farm Sunday farms will be 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 British Ecological Society and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, but key to the success of the survey is the widespread participation of the public and local experts.

Insects like bees, wasps, hoverflies and butterflies are critical for the growth of 80% of crops like fruit and vegetables that are vital to British farmers.

There is still time for farmers to register for Open Farm Sunday - http://www.farmsunday.org