During July and August we are encouraging you to get outside in Fermanagh and discover a local species!
This week we are raising awareness of the UK Wide Pollinator Monitoring Scheme! NIEA have joined the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme to gather crucial data to analyse pollinator populations and they need 10 minutes of your time to help!
Our pollinator populations are under threat and the UK Wide Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMs) aims to gather data on insects across the UK to identify changing trends in pollinator populations.
By completing a FIT count, which is a Flower-Insect Timed Count, you count all the insects that land on target flowers within a 50cm x 50cm patch during a 10-minute period, at any location. You don’t need to worry about identifying specific species, rather identify at a group level! Plus there is a helpful app to help you. FIT Counts can be done anywhere, including gardens and parks, in warm, dry weather any time from April to September.
Check out these 10 steps to complete a FIT Count:
Ten steps to carrying out a FIT Count
Download a recording form and any guidance documents from the above links, or use the FIT Count app.
All the information you need can be found on the PoMS website FIT Counts page