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#1 2017-07-24 00:12:08

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Name: Martin Harvey
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New Pollinator Monitoring Scheme

At the DF annual meeting a couple of years ago a number of DF members completed a questionnaire in connection with proposals for increasing our knowledge of the status of pollinating insect populations. Following on from this a new national Pollinator Monitoring Scheme has been set up. The scheme is being launched this year as part of the Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership, which 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.

One element of PoMS is a simple "Flower-Insect Timed Count" (FIT Count). To take part, recorders are asked to spend ten minutes counting all the insects that land on a particular flower species, within a 50cm square. For the FIT Count you only need to identify insects to a broad species group (e.g. honeybees; bumblebees; hoverflies etc.). Full details and supporting materials are available from the CEH website:
www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/poll … monitoring

Alongside this, a more systematic survey is being carried out across the country identifying pollinators to species level and linking this to plant and habitat data in randomly allocated 1km squares, to provide data that will complement the information already being gathered by the recording schemes.

Background:
The Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is part of the UK Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership, co-ordinated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). It is jointly funded by Defra, the Welsh and Scottish Governments, JNCC and project partners, including CEH, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, British Trust for Ornithology, Hymettus, the University of Reading and University of Leeds. PoMS aims to provide much-needed data on the state of the UKs insect pollinators, especially wild bees and hoverflies, and the role they fulfil in supporting farming and wildlife. PoMS will include several different approaches to pollinator monitoring, including the FIT Count as well as a new systematic survey of pollinators and floral resources on a network of stratified random sites across England, Scotland and Wales, initially funded for two years but aiming to continue beyond this to generate data on long-term trends.


Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme
http://www.brc.ac.uk/soldierflies-and-allies/

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#2 2017-09-27 16:48:13

badger2
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Name: Array Array
Registered: 2017-09-27
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Re: New Pollinator Monitoring Scheme

Yes, and after the pollinators leave, things get just as serious and political: Drosophila suzukii. Our envisioned system against D. suzukii uses neither pesticides, pheromones nor vinegar-yeast traps. It does, however, entail identification to species. Our investigative trajectory also includes studies on the evolution of D. suzukii ovipositor, in the spirit of 56 Queen's Gate (Camouflage and Prototypes), and the genetics and chemistry of tumors found in the genus.

Regards,
Mike Lansing, USA

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