Get to know some of the smaller visitors to your garden or neighbourhood this week by joining in the Autumn Wild Pollinator Count. To participate, watch any flowering plant for ten minutes this week and let us know the insects that visit.
- You don’t need to be an insect expert
- You don’t need fancy gear
- You may be surprised by what you see!
Honey bees are not the only important pollinator insects. There are many other species also on the job, but our knowledge of them is often limited. You can help by looking out for them at your place.
Find out how to count pollinators in our simple categories. We’ll show you how to broadly identify the insects you see and then submit your observations on our website. You can also download and print a tally sheet to complete as you go. Taking and submitting photos of what you see is optional.
You can do one ten-minute count, or do a few counts during the week (in the same or different spots, or on different flowers). Any flowering plant is suitable – native or exotic. If you don’t have a garden perhaps there’s a nearby park you could visit while getting some exercise.
You’re invited to watch a flowering plant for 10 minutes during the week of April 11 to 18 and submit your observations of insect visitors via the website: wildpollinatorcount.com.
The Wild Pollinator Count is a national citizen science project that began in Albury six years ago. Our count periods occur each year in autumn (April) and spring (November). The project aims to raise awareness of the many native species of pollinator insects, as well as build a data set of which insects are seen where and on which plants. You can participate from anywhere in Australia.
For more information or to get in touch, please visit wildpollinatorcount.com.