The 1 km square surveys take a systematic approach, using pan-traps to capture samples of insects from a set of 75 1 km squares across the UK (see map of the locations). The site network has been set up by PoMS with the kind permission of the land-owners involved. The insect sampling and flower monitoring is carried out by our brilliant team of volunteers who have 'adopted' the squares and help carry out the surveys. Each square is visited four times a year, once each in May, June, July and August.
Within England and Scotland the PoMS 1 km squares were selected from a larger pool of squares used for the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), and in Wales from a larger pool of 1 km squares used for on-going natural resources reporting. A similar survey is being established in Northern Ireland during 2021. The squares are randomly stratified to ensure a balance between predominantly agricultural habitats and semi-natural habitats.
There are still squares available to adopt! See the map above for locations, and if you'd like to know more about how to get involved with this please contact PoMS.
The video below explains more about what is involved. Equipment, training, access permissions and identification of samples are all provided by PoMS.
For more information on the approach taken to insect sampling see our FAQs page.