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Pollinator Project

​ ​​​​​About the Pollinator Project

The Pollinator Project is a Channel Island initiative set up to help stop the decline in pollinating insects. The group works with schools, charities and local organisations. To find out about current initiatives visit the Jersey pollinator project website.

Email for more information.


Why pollinators are important

A pollinator is an animal that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma). The movement of pollen must occur for a plant to become fertilized and produce fruits, seeds, and young plants. Pollinators are vital for food production and biodiversity.

Globally, there is evidence that shows pollinators are in decline. It is thought the decline in our pollinators is due to a number of factors including:

  • loss of habitat
  • chemical misuse
  • introduced and invasive plants
  • introduced and invasive animals
  • diseases and parasite
What are pollinators? 

Butterflies and bees are the most well known pollinators. Insect pollinators also include wasps, flies, beetles, ants, bugs, thrips and earwigs. 

Find out more on the Jersey pollinator project website

Pollinator monitoring

The latest activity within the Pollinator Project is a monitoring scheme. Flower Insect Timed Counts (FIT Counts) are conducted by volunteers counting insects outside in warm dry weather.

What are FIT counts and how to do one 

FIT counts or Flower Insect Timed Counts is part of the UK’s Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and is a very simple and short survey (10 to 15 mins) to count insects.

Flower Insect Times Counts on the UK Poms website

Your results will help us to understand more about pollinators in Jersey. They will feed into a larger UK scheme to help understand changes in numbers of pollinators. This is a great chance to get involved and be part of a national scheme that will help target changes needed to assist our pollinating insects.

How to get involved

FIT Counts collect data on the total number of insects that visit a particular flower. FIT Counts can be done anywhere, including gardens and parks, in warm, dry weather between April and September.

Local Flower ID and Insect ID guides are available. You can also download the app which will show you the insect groups (you don’t need to know the exact species, just the group they belong to) and flowers and how to do the survey. The Field rec​ording form is very similar to the one that you transfer your results to online. You don’t need to have an iRecord account or you can create one to help record all your wildlife sightings.

Ema​il​ for more information.

Project background

The Pollinator Project was originally setup as a Société Guernesiaise initiative in Guernsey. 

Several organisations and interested parties have come together, in partnership, to bring the Pollinator Project to Jersey. Organisations involved include:

Visit the Jersey pollinator project website to read about the aims of the project and how you can get involved.​

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