Find out which species of bees and insects visit your school grounds!

Take part in the OPAL Polli Nation Survey

Besides seeking to increase native UK Bee stocks the Perfect Pollinators Schools’ Red Mason Bee project is a wonderful opportunity for your school to study the many insects and pollinators that live on your school grounds. To help with this task we encourage every school in the Red Mason Bee project to click on the web link below and download the OPAL Polli Nation Survey Teacher and Learning Resources and start today to take positive steps to support local pollinators by making your school grounds an insect friendly environment!

What is the Polli Nation Survey?

Pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, are in decline across the UK. Many insects are homeless and hungry, suffering from a lack of places to nest and feed. The Polli Nation survey is a national survey that seeks to find answers to important research questions about the health and status of pollinating insects across the UK.

Taking part in the survey will give your pupils the opportunity create pollinator habitats and get outside and learn new skills, and to contribute to important scientific research.
To take part in the project just follow the steps outlined below.

If you have any questions after reading The Survey Booklet about the project then please e-mail: or post to: OPAL, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ.

  • Step 1 – Download and print the free OPAL Polli Nation Resources.
  • Step 2 – Select an area up to 10 metres by 10 metres to study. (Ideally select an area where there is a high proportion of wildflowers and other flowering plants.)
  • Step 3 – Complete the survey in April / May 2017
  • Step 4 – Click on the link to enter your results online:
  • Step 5 – Fill in the OPAL Polli Nation Recording sheet and post your results to: See Nature, 28 Sweetbay Crescent, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3QA. Deadline for submitting results Friday 23rd May 2017.
  • Step 6 – Visit the See Nature and OPAL Nature websites after June 1st 2017 to view all school results.

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OPAL Polli Nation Resources

Polli Nation Survey Booklet
OPAL Habitats, Plants and Pollinators Guide
Group leader’s support guide
Polli Nation Recording Survey Sheet
Make your own Bee Hotel
Site Mapping: Survey extension sheet