Nichols, R. ; Holland, J.M.; Goulson, D.

Insect visitations to wildflower seed mix trials on farms in West Sussex and Oxfordshire from 2019-2021

The dataset contains information about insect visitations to flowers growing in seed mix trial plots on two farms, one in West Sussex, and one in Oxfordshire. The data was collected during the spring and summer seasons of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Seed mix trial plots were walked centrally and insects visiting flowers in the plots were recorded, and where possible, identified to genus or species level.

The work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NE/P009972/1)

Publication date: 2022-08-04

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This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

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

You must cite: Nichols, R. ; Holland, J.M.; Goulson, D. (2022). Insect visitations to wildflower seed mix trials on farms in West Sussex and Oxfordshire from 2019-2021. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/ca785f4c-5e45-4743-83bb-e30dd620de2e

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2019-01-01    to    2021-12-31

Provenance & quality

Plots were marked out and seed mixes sown in 2018. The plots were then surveyed for insects visiting flowers growing in the plots in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Insect visitations to flowers were recorded in the field. Flower species being visited was identified. The insect was allocated to a “group” and then further identified to species level where possible. If a bee or hoverfly specimen could not be identified to species level in the field, where possible, it was caught, and then identified in the laboratory under a dissecting microscope. All insects seen on each plot during in each survey were then entered into an excel spreadsheet, using a combination of paper notes from the field, and laboratory notes of species.

Correspondence/contact details

Nichols, R.
University of Sussex
 r.nichols@sussex.ac.uk

Authors

Nichols, R.
University of Sussex
Holland, J.M.
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Goulson, D.
University of Sussex

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
University of Sussex
 r.nichols@sussex.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
agri-environment,  foraging,  insects,  pollinators,  Seed mix,  wild bees,  wildflower
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/P009972/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
04 August 2022 10:54