© The Buzz Club Plants for Pollinators Poppies

Sow Wild!

Project leader: Miss Janine Griffiths-Lee PhD candidate.
Contact Janine by email at: j.griffiths-lee@sussex.ac.uk

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 don’t know how well this approach works in urban environments. Our ‘Sow Wild!’ project aims to find out.

With increasing urbanisation in the UK, it is important that we can understand the effects of these changes on our pollinators, and whether there are simple techniques we can use to boost pollinator populations in affected areas. Sow Wild! is one of several that we are running, that we hope will tell us more about how best to look after pollinators in gardens and other urban spaces.

Sow Wild! is a multi-year project, with initial sign-up for 2 years, although we hope to continue beyond this. We need green-fingered volunteers who have allotments or gardens (a minimum of 20 square metres in size, or just over 200 square feet), and can commit to the project for two years or more. We will send out all the kit needed, including packs of wildflower seeds to be sown in your garden or allotment in the spring 2017. You will need to clear and plant out a wildflower patch of 2×2 metres.

© The Buzz Club Sow-Wild Each project kit will contain enough wildflower seed for a 2x2m-patch

The project

uses pan trapping over a 48 hour period in the first few weeks of May, June, July and August, so that we can find out what pollinating insects are in your garden.

This project is going to be run separately from our P.A.N. project, so please only sign-up to one of these two projects – unless you have more than one garden, allotment or green space you can use.

© The Buzz Club Sow-Wild Each project kit will contain enough wildflower seed for a 2x2m-patch

Please only sign up if:

(Apologies, as we have limited supply of seeds!)

  • You are a Buzz Club member

  • You live within the UK

  • You have a garden or allotment of minimum 20 square metres (or just over 200 square feet) with space for a wildflower patch of around 2×2 meters

  • You can sow seeds in your garden or allotment in April

  • You can participate for a 48 hour period once a month for May, June, July, and August. (You only need to be present to put out the pan trap and take them back in again)

  • You are aware of what this method of sampling involves (see Pan Trapping)

  • You are able to package and send the samples back to the University of Sussex, as we unfortunately cannot cover this cost (postage is expected to cost ~ £2.80)