Take part in our Bee survey
Garden Organic, in partnership with Coventry University, is looking for people to take part in an exciting new survey aimed at discovering new ways to encourage bumblebees into gardens and allotments.
The research project entitled ‘Bumblebee presence and resource utilisation in allotments and gardens in the United Kingdom’ will explore the diversity and abundance of the eight most common bumblebee species in UK allotments and gardens cultivated for food. It will also determine which forage resources are used by bumblebees within these areas.
It will also explore the management techniques currently in use to encourage and support bumblebee populations, with the hope of discovering some unusual new ways to attract bees.
The survey will allow us to develop recommendations for allotment and garden management for bumblebee conservation, and enable us to develop novel management techniques which we can then trial to determine their value for bumblebees.
If you would like to take part in this research project, there are two surveys which you can carry out.
1. Plot management survey
A short online survey about how you manage your allotment or garden, and the techniques you use to attract bumblebees. This should take around 15minutes to complete.
The survey can be completed during June and July 2013, by visiting https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/coventry/plotmanagementsurvey
2. Bumblebee survey
This involves observing and recording the bumblebee activity in a food growing area on your allotment or in your garden, for ten minutes each week, during June, July and August 2013. Instructions and recording forms can be downloaded from here, and you may find our bumblebee identification card useful.
You can enter your data online during September 2013, by visiting
Or completed forms can be posted to Members’ Experiment Coordinator, Garden Organic, Ryton, CV8 3LG by the 15th September 2013.
You can read more about the project on the CAFS website.
The Centre for Agroecology and Food Security is a joint initiative between Garden Organic and Coventry University.