The inaugural Australian Pollinator Count will be held during Australian Pollinator Week, with community members encouraged to take part in this important research project.
More than three quarters of the world’s food crops rely, to some extent, on insect pollination for yield or quality. Perhaps more importantly, more than 95 per cent of plant species need animal pollinators to help them reproduce, which drives biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Yet there’s very little information available about the vast majority of natural pollinator species, which includes more than 20,000 species of bees, along with thousands of species of flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, and vertebrate animals including bats, possums and birds.
The Australian Pollinator Count is a long-term project to monitor the status and trends of insect pollinator populations. Data collected on the abundance and diversity of pollinators species in particular areas will play a vital role in increasing awareness and understanding of the true impact natural pollinators play in our ecosystems.
The Australian Pollinator Count is taking place during Australian Pollinator Week, from 12-20 November.
Taking part is quick and easy. You simply need to observe some flowers for 10 minutes, record the pollinators you see and register your results.