Ivy flowers provide an important late-season source of nectar and pollen for many insects. One insect that you may encounter on Ivy blossom is the Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae), a solitary bee species that was first found near the south coast of England in 2001 and has subsequently spread to many areas of England and Wales, with reports of potential sightings from Scotland this year (as yet not fully confirmed).
The 2021 FIT Count season finishes at the end of September, so there's still time to try a count on Ivy flowers, which produce an average of 24 insects per 10-minute count, and other flower targets (such as Ragwort and Knapweed) are still flowering in some places. On Ivy you're likely to see plenty of wasps and maybe some Ivy Bees as well - see the PoMS flower charts for mode details.
This is an annual event organised by Defra in partnership with various organisations that have an interest in bees, including PoMS and many of our partners. It runs next week from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th July. There will be online activities and some in-person events as well.
This map shows the location of each FIT Count that has been added during the current season. You can use the filter boxes to see counts from previous years, or to filter for particular types of FIT Count survey
Please note that the PoMS recording season for 2021 finished at the end of September, and we can't accept any more counts this year! If you still have results from earlier in the year please add them as soon as you can.
(If you are taking part in the 1 km square surveys and have FIT Count data to enter from your square please use the 1 km square FIT Count form)