Our Projects

We have a range of exciting projects open for Buzz Club members, perfect for all ages, schools, garden groups, and anyone else who is keen!

To become a Member, you can join here. Membership allows you to participant in all our projects as well as becoming a part of a nationwide group of citizen-scientists.

Along with several already-existing projects being brought into the fold, the Buzz Club has range of ‘citizen science’ projects currently underway or planned for members. Have a look – see if there are activities that you would like to get involved with.  We can also provide multiple kits at once for schools or larger groups that would like to take part.

© The Buzz Club Bee Hotel

Air Bee n’ Bee!

Solitary bees (which do not form large social nests) are important and often overlooked pollinators. You can help provide homes for these visitors with ‘bee hotels‘, homemade or bought.

  • Much of Rob‘s research looks at these species, and we will have advice about attracting them, and projects to take part in, coming up in 2018!

  • Also ... Xavier of whom is reading for his MSc Global Biodiversity Conservation course has joined the Buzz Club team to continue the Air Bee n' Bee project into 2018.

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© The Buzz Club Garden Shop calculator

Garden Shop Calculator

A spreadsheet that can be downloaded to allow you to calculate the value of bees

  • Getting out in the garden is a great pastime... Insects are really beneficial in the garden and very much worth making an effort to attract.

  • The Garden Shop calculator weights or counts how much it would have cost you to purchase that produce at the shop.

  • ... therefore how the bees by pollination incresed your natural produce compared to shop bought produce.

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© The Buzz Club Eristalis-nemorum

Hoverfly Lagoons

Hoverflies are some of our often-overlooked pollinators, and much less is understood about their needs and behaviours than of bees. We hope to change that!

  • The Hoverfly Lagoon project aims to create suitable habitat for hoverfly larvae in gardens by creating a ‘lagoon’ out of a bucket packed with organic matter and water. This will provide a habitat for their larvae which we can study and record.

  • Find out what species are making a home in your garden – and help attract more. Suitable for any site and age group.

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© The Buzz Club Pollinator Abundance Network

Pollinator Abundance Network

P.A.N. is a nationwide project that aims to measure the abundance of pollinators, by sampling using pan traps (colourful bowls with soapy water that catch flying insects).

  • Having a record of what species are caught, and from where, will allow us to find out which pollinators are declining most and fastest. Until we know this, we cannot target efforts to conserve them – but you can help!

  • Now in its second year, P.A.N. is a popular project suitable for any site where you can leave the traps out for a couple of days. Identification can be tried by volunteers, and the Sussex team will let you know how you did after we have checked everything.

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© The Buzz Club Poppies

Sow Wild!

Bees and other pollinators depend on flower-rich habitats to provide them with vital pollen and nectar.

  • Planting wildflower patches in farmland is known to increase numbers of bumblebees, but we do not know how well this approach works in urban environments.

  • Our 'Sow Wild!' project aims to find out.

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© The Buzz Club Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Team Pollin-ATE

Food for People and Pollinators

  • Scientists at the University of Sussex are looking for allotment growers in the area of Brighton and Hove to volunteer and then to become 'Citizen Scientists' and help us learn more about which insects are pollinating the food you grow.

  • To participate with Team PollinATE today (project coming soon).

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Other upcoming projects

The work listed above is just the start of the Buzz Club‘s plans for organising an exciting range of new projects for our members; generating important data for us, while helping families and adults to learn more about what’s living and what’s going on in their gardens. Current ideas include:

  • Garden Plant Surveys – what are you growing, and where?  Planned or not?  Weeds, natives, or unusual horticultural delights – what do you plant, and why?

  • Home Grown Crops – Grow Your Own is popular and fun, but what benefits does it have for us, and our local insects?  How can be we help each other and the fruits?

  • Predatory Insect Surveys – what else is on the prowl in your herbaceous borders?  Friend, foe, or something in between?