Welcome to the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS)

Pollinating insects play a vital role in our environment, ensuring that many of our crops and wild plants are able to set seed and produce fruit. We need to know how pollinator populations are changing, and with your help we are gathering data on a wide range of flower-visiting insects.

Read on to see how you can join in and help monitor the health of our pollinators, and keep up with our latest news.

The PoMS recording season has now finished for 2021, but please read on to find out how to get involved next year!

Choose an activity

The ten minute count...

The ten minute count...

Spend ten minutes counting pollinators to contribute a Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count)

Send in your results via the FIT Count recording form or FIT Count app

...or something bigger

...or something bigger

Adopt a 1 km square and help us carry out a systematic survey of insects and flowers


You can also get involved with pollinator species recording via the national recording schemes

Covid guidance

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

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.

"UK centre for Ecology & Hydrology" "Bumblebee Conservation Trust" "Butterfly Conservation" "Hymettus" "Bird trust Ornithology" "University of Reading" "University of Leeds" "Natural History Museum"

"Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs" "The Scottish Government" "Welsh Government services and information"