The PoMS recording season has now finished for 2021, but please read on to find out how to get involved next year!
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Get involved with pollinator species recording via the national recording schemes
The 2021 FIT Count season began on 1 April and is now open for records. However, FIT Counts should only be undertaken if it is safe and legal to do so and if you are comfortable carrying them out. The 1 km square surveys will restart from May 2021 unless local restrictions prevent this. The exact legalities of what is permissible may vary over time, between areas, and in other ways such as land ownership. We will continue to review official legislation and guidance and consult with Statutory and NGO partners on the implications for our surveys.
It is essential that everyone taking part in PoMS follows the latest Government advice for their country to keep everyone safe. It is important to note, regulations differ across the UK. If you are in a location of heightened risk (such as active testing for a new variant) please exercise extreme caution.
The health of our volunteers is very important to us, as are our relationships with the landowners where we are accessing private land. No-one should feel under pressure to carry out PoMS surveys if they do not feel comfortable doing so, or if they are concerned it may negatively impact relationships with landowners or other members of the public and local communities.
Help gather evidence on changes in insect populations
PoMS is the only scheme in the world generating systematic data on the abundance of bees, hoverflies and other flower-visiting insects at a national scale. Together with long-term occurrence records collated by the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society and Hoverfly Recording Scheme, these data will form an invaluable resource from which to measure trends in pollinator populations and target conservation efforts.
With reports of dramatic losses of insects occurring across the globe, and concern about what this means for wider biodiversity and ecosystem health, there has never been a more important time to document evidence of change in populations of pollinating insects.
Who we are
The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is part of the UK Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership. The partnership comprises UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, British Trust for Ornithology, Hymettus, University of Reading, University of Leeds and Natural History Museum. PoMS is jointly funded by Defra, the Welsh and Scottish Governments, Daera, JNCC and project partners.