Researcher Janine Giffiths-Lee from the University of Sussex is studying the effects of wild flowers in allotments and urban gardens on pollinator populations. This spring a ‘citizen science’ project is starting in which she wants to involve keen gardeners from all over the UK.
If you click on the thumbnail to the left (for a full sized flyer) you can see more information and full contact details . To take part you should get in contact on or before February 12. Contact can be through a Facebook group but if you do not have a Facebook account just contact Janine directly by email.
This is basically how the project works:
1) You register your interest by 12th Feb 2016 by using the link on the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/
2) You are sent a project pack, which includes a pack of wildflowers, sampling equipment and detailed instructions.
3) You sow the ‘Sow Wild!’ wildflower seeds in your allotment or garden in Spring 2016.
4) You sample insects in the wildflower patch in summer, using pan traps, and send them back to us.
5) We let you know what is pollinating your garden or allotment!
6) You repeat the sampling in summer 2017.