About the Project

Australia has lots of wild pollinator insects that are often overlooked. European honey bees get a lot of attention because they are an adaptable, generalist forager, which means they are happy to visit almost any flower, in most climate zones. They are also a social species, so their hives are easy to domesticate and manage.

However, many native insects also contribute to pollination in crops and gardens all around the country. We still need to do a lot of research to identify all our pollinator insect species, understand their ecology and how they are affected by human activities. So far, we know that  Australia has around 2,000 native bee species, all of which are important pollinators. We also know there are a couple of thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information on the ecology of many of these insects, what flowers they pollinate, or where they are found.

The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity.

Wild Pollinator Count dates for 2019
Autumn: 14 – 21 April
Spring: 10 – 17 November

You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week.

  • You don’t need to be an insect expert.
  • You don’t need fancy gear.
  • You may be surprised by what you see!

Find out how to count pollinators, identify the insects you see and submit your observations through the links at the top of the page. You can also download our Run Your Own Count kit and organise to count with a group.

If you have any questions or comments about the count, please email us at wildpollinatorcount@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Blue-banded bee, Amegilla cingulata

Blue-banded bee, Amegilla sp.

30 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. The University of Canberra Environmental Science Society will be doing counts for the next 3 days! Hopefully we find some interesting pollinators on campus.


  2. This is a much needed, ground-up program that could benefit society as a whole. May I suggest that with the introduction to the program, perhaps the ppl in charge of this important initiative should talk a bit about what harms these pollinators and what every household could do to minimise the harm? Perhaps get ppl to switch to more organic way of growing things? Just a suggestion…. happy to contribute in any way possible… 😊


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  3. Hi Folks, Love the Project’s aims & concept. I just downloaded the kit pdf, and the 1st 2 pages are unreadable because of a very large butterfly image that overlays the text. It doesn’t show on my screen when I look at your site’s images of the pages, but it does in both the kit download and the individual page downloads.

    Pls let me know when the problems resolved so I can re-download.


    Mazza V

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    • Thanks for the heads up Mazza!
      I guess it’s a PDF issue, as I can’t seem to replicate it here. I have updated the kit (the link was to an older version, maybe the current one overcomes this problem?).
      Alternatively, I’ve also removed the butterfly watermark from the stand-alone file. Please see if either/both work for you.
      Cheers, Karen


  4. Thanks for that Karen.

    So far it hasn’t worked this end ~ Tried opening the individual pdf (‘Plan & Run’), and got a 404 msg. Then tried ‘Save Target as’ and Msg was ” ‘Plan & Count …..’ couldn’t be downloaded.”

    I’m getting on with it anyway, but imagine you’d want to know.




    • Sorry Mazza – have been busy with Count events so didn’t let you know, this should be ok now (take 2)! I’ll email it too. All good – this kit is aimed at groups and organisations wanting to run their own event, rather than individuals. 🙂 Hope you’ve had some fun with a count or two.
      Cheers, Karen


  5. So great to come across this project and Australian Pollinator Week! I’ll be sharing the details with everyone on Sunday at our next Mareeba Seed Saving and Gardening Group Event.


  6. Blue banded bees are in the garden at 2N calvary hospital on the hardenbergia and rosemary……. They want to knock the garden down for car parking….. Tragic for the patients and the bees. These are nesting in the garden.


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