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Carrying out a 10 minute FIT Count

Carrying out a 10 minute FIT Count

Project overview: 

The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP) aims to combine improved analyses of long-term records with new systematic survey activity to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain.

We are working with existing recording schemes to improve our understanding of population trend estimates from opportunistic (unstructured) records, and increase their capacity for data flow and record verification.

Two new surveys will be implemented to form a Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS): 

1. FIT Count: A simple systematic survey to engage a wider range of volunteers, collecting data on abundance and flower visitation of pollinators to target flower species from a specified list. During 2017 we developed the “Flower-Insect Timed Count” activity with project partners across a variety of urban and rural locations, and we are expanding this for wider involvement in 2018.

Take part in the “FIT Count” - download materials here:

For each FIT Count that you do,  please add the results to our online recording form (you will need to register on iRecord to use the form - if you don't already have an iRecord account you can register here).

There is also a PoMS Poster - please pass this on and encourage others to take part!

FIT Count forms - Welsh versions:

Welsh translations were kindly supported by the Growing the Future project, National Botanic Garden of Wales

2. 1km square surveys: A systematic survey of pollinators and floral resources with a core set of 75 monitoring sites (randomly allocated 1km squares), stratified on cropped and non-cropped land across England, Wales and Scotland. The site network and baseline surveys have been set up by CEH surveyors, and there are now opportunities for volunteer involvement to 'adopt' the squares and help carry out the surveys – if you'd like to know more about this please contact poms@ceh.ac.uk

We will integrate data from across these different monitoring approaches to deliver key metrics on pollinator population status and trends, including updates of the UK Pollinator Indicator at species and country-level resolution.

These activities will be coupled with ongoing links with the wider research community to facilitate use of the data in research, conservation and survey planning, and deliver a sustainable UK Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP). Initial funding is provided for 2017 and 2018.

The project will focus on bees and hoverflies (based on evidence that they provide a high proportion of the pollination service to crops and wildflowers), although the methods used will sample or survey a wide range of other flower-visiting insects. Protocols and materials will be made widely accessible to allow their use beyond core survey sites and to measure the impacts of specific activities.

Want to get involved?

For more information about the project please contact poms@ceh.ac.uk

Download the FIT Count survey pack here.

Visit the Bees’ Needs webpage for information and five simple actions you can take to help pollinators.

This is a collaborative project funded by Defra, JNCC, the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and project partners (BE0125).

Defra JNCCWelsh Government

Scottish Government

Project Partners

  • The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • British Trust for Ornithology
  • Hymettus
  • University of Reading
  • University of Leeds
  • working with the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, wider stakeholders and volunteer networks.PoMS partner logos