Shaw, R.F. et al

Pollinators in oilseed rape fields in relation to local plant diversity and landscape characteristics

The number and type of pollinators in winter-sown oilseed rape fields (Brassica napus L.) in relation to local plant diversity (in crop and field margin) and landscape characteristics. Pollinators were collected using two methods (pan traps and transects). Local plant diversity was assessed using quadrats in field margins and in cropped area. The presence of hedges was also recorded. Landscape characteristics included the presence of patches of grassland of different biodiversity levels and the amount of grasslands and other semi natural habitat within a 0.5 - 3km radius circular buffer of the collection points. Data were collected over two years (2014-2015).

These data were collected as part of Wessex BESS project, funded by the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability research program.
This dataset can be used in conjunction with other Wessex BESS WP4 datasets.

Publication date: 2018-07-05

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Shaw, R.F.; Phillips, B.B.; Doyle, T.; Pell, J.K.; Redhead, J.W.; Savage, J.; Woodcock, B.A.; Bullock, J.M.; Osborne J.L (2018). Pollinators in oilseed rape fields in relation to local plant diversity and landscape characteristics. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2014-03-31    to    2015-08-31

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Provenance & quality

Set protocols for field data collection and laboratory data collection were followed with datasheets provided for each collection type. Data were entered in MS Access and anomalous entries were checked for.

Correspondence/contact details

Shaw, R. F.
University of Exeter


Shaw, R.F.
University of Exeter
Phillips, B.B.
University of Exeter
Doyle, T.
University of Exeter
Pell, J.K.
J.K. Pell Consulting
Redhead, J.W.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Savage, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Woodcock, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bullock, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Osborne J.L
University of Exeter

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NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84


Topic categories
Biota , Farming
Andrena angustior Andrena apicata Andrena bicolor Andrena carantonica Andrena chrysosceles Andrena cineraria Andrena dorsata Andrena flavipes Andrena fulva Andrena haemorrhoa Andrena labialis Andrena minutula Andrena nigroaenea,  Andrena nitida Andrena praecox Andrena varians Andrena wilkella Apis mellifera Apoidea,  Bibio johannis Bibio marci Bombus hortorum Bombus hypnorum Bombus lapidarius Bombus lucorum Bombus pascuorum Bombus pratorum Bombus terrestris Brassica napus Bumblebees,  Ceutorhynchus assimilis Ceutorhynchus floralis,  Ceutorhynchus quadridens Ceutorhynchus rapae Cheilosia albitarsis Cheilosia vulpina Coleoptera,  Delia spp Dilophus febrilis Dilophus femoratus Diptera,  Empis femorata Empis opaca Empis tessellata Eristalinus sepulchralis Eristalis horticola Eristalis pertinax Eupeodes corollae Eupeodes luniger field margins,  fly,  hedges,  Helophilus pendulus honey bees,  Lasioglossum calceatum Lasioglossum fulvicorne Lasioglossum malachurum Lasioglossum morio Lasioglossum smeathmanellum Melanostoma mellinum Meligethes aeneus,  Meligethes nigrescens Meligethes viridescens Nomada goodeniana Nomada leucophthalma oilseed rape,  Osmia bicolor plant diversity,  Platycheirus albimanus Platycheirus clypeatus Platypalpus spp Pollinators Rhamphomyia spp Rhingia campestris solitary bees,  Sphaerophoria interrupta Syrphus ribesii Syrphus torvus Syrphus vitripennis Vespula vulgaris Wessex BESS,  wild pollinators,  Xanthogramma citrofasciatum
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