What is the Pollinator Exchange?

The Pollinator Exchange is a knowledge exchange portal created for anyone with an interest in pollinators in urban areas. It brings together practitioners, scientists, NGOs, students, and anyone else looking for information on how to enhance our urban spaces to help pollinators thrive. We invite everyone to become a contributor to the portal by submitting material that will help others improve urban areas for pollinators.

Who are we?

We are a group of researchers and students from Bournemouth University interested in pollinator conservation. A growing awareness of the importance of urban areas for pollinators inspired us to launch the project.

How is the Pollinator Exchange funded?

The Pollinator Exchange was developed with the financial support of Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF). No other organisations are financially involved, though our partners at Bournemouth Borough Council and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust have provided valuable input during the project’s development.

How does the Pollinator Exchange work?

People can submit and search for other people’s resources. Each resource will have a brief summary with links to further resources.

Who can submit content to the Pollinator Exchange?

We encourage anyone with an active interest in pollinators and their conservation to submit content they consider relevant and useful.

How do I submit a resource?

Simply click the ‘Add a Resource’ button in the top menu and follow the instructions.

Can I leave fields blank when submitting content?

All mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk.

Do I need to create an account to submit content?

Yes. You can create an account by providing an email address and password or you can use a social media account.

What kind of content should I submit?

Our primary focus is exchanging useful knowledge about pollinators in urban areas. We welcome any material that can help people to make informed decision about managing urban spaces in pollinator-friendly ways.

How do I know something has not been submitted already?

We encourage you to search for a resource to see if it’s been submitted previously but this will also be checked in the authorisation process.

How will copyright issues be handled?

We ask you to ensure that any material you upload does not infringe on other people’s copyright. If there are any copyright infringements, we reserve the right to remove the resource in question.

What level of detail is expected from me when submitting a resource?

When submitting a resource, it is very important to add details. This will help other users to find your content more easily. To do this, the ‘Add a Resource’ function allows you to write a brief summary of your content in relation to three categories: ‘Subjects’, ‘Methods’ and ‘Recommendations’. A sample summary is provided in each box as a rough guideline. Remember to avoid overly technical language as this might put off other people who would like to use the Pollinator Exchange.

How do I find the content I’m looking for?

There are different ways that you can search for content. You can go to the ’Search’ function to look for key terms.

Alternatively, you can apply simple or advanced filters in the following categories: Type of content, habitat, subject, methods (where applicable) and recommendations.

How will the information I submit be used?

We hope that the information you submit will help others make informed decisions about with regards to pollinator-friendly management. Please be aware that any content you submit will be made publically available to anyone using the site.

How can I find out more about pollinators?

There are countless books and online resources that you can consult to learn more about the fascinating world of pollinators. The British Wildlife Field Guides are highly recommended if you are interested in learning to identify UK pollinator species such as bees, moths and butterflies. NGOs like the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Wildlife Trusts or Butterfly Conservation also provide useful information on their websites.

How do I report inappropriate content and broken links?

Please use the ‘Flag as inappropriate’ button at the bottom of each submission to inform us about these issues. We will look into the matter as quickly as possible.

How will my personal details be kept safe?

We will only ask for a minimum of personal details. These include your name, user name and email. Only your user name will be displayed, and leaving contact details for other users is entirely optional. If you wish, you can log on via your social media profile. We will never collect any other personal details from you.

Can I come back and edit my submissions?

If you want to make any edits to the resources you’ve added, please get in touch with us and we will make those changes for you.