PoMS research

Chart showing change in the distribution of UK pollinators, 1980 to 2017
Change in the distribution of UK pollinators, 1980 to 2017 (from UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020)

PoMS is a long-term monitoring scheme and the value of the data it collects will increase as more years of recording are added. However, there have already been research outputs making use of data from PoMS, and more are in progress.

Ongoing links with the wider research community facilitates use of the data in research, conservation and survey planning, and will help to deliver a sustainable UK Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP).

Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself

PoMS partners are authors of a new paper showing the importance and value of well-designed pollinator monitoring schemes. The paper is open access:

  • Breeze, T.D., Bailey, A.P., Balcombe, K.G., et al. 2021. Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself. Journal of Applied Ecology 58: 44– 57. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13755


Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain

Research using recording scheme data highlights changes and losses in pollinator distribution:

  • UKCEH blog post
  • Powney, G.D., Carvell, C., Edwards, M., Morris, R.K.A., Roy, H.E., Woodcock, B.A., and Isaac, N.J.B.. 2019. Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08974-9


Biodiversity Indicators

Data from the two PoMS surveys and the recording schemes is brought together for analysis to deliver key metrics on pollinator population status and trends, including updates of the UK Pollinator Indicator at species and country-level resolution.


Papers published from the design and testing phase of PoMS

  • O'Connor RS, Kunin WE, Garratt MPD, Potts …. Carvell C. 2019. Monitoring insect pollinators and flower visitation: The effectiveness and feasibility of different survey methods. Methods Ecol Evol. 2019;00:1–12. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13292
  • M.P.D. Garratt, S.G. Potts, G. Banks, C. Hawes, T.D. Breeze, R.S. O'Connor, C. Carvell. 2019. Capacity and willingness of farmers and citizen scientists to monitor crop pollinators and pollination services. Global Ecology and Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00781
  • Creedy, T. J., Norman, H., Tang, C. Q., Chin, K. Q., Andujar, C., Arribas, P., Carvell., C.… Vogler, A. P. 2019. A validated workflow for rapid taxonomic assignment and monitoring of a national fauna of bees (Apiformes) using high throughput DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.13056