Real gardens - Real Science

At the heart of the Buzz Club are our citizen science projects - and our fantastic volunteers, who dig, count, spot, tend and collect data to help answer our questions.

All projects are open to Buzz Club members, as we ask you join up to take part.  Membership is free and projects generally are*; it is easier to keep track of who is doing what, this way.  Details of how to join are on our Membership page.

See below for details on our open projects, and contact us if you have any questions or comments.

* If a project needs specialist equipment / samples to be sent out / back we may ask participants to cover e.g. postage costs. This will always be clearly stated at the start of the project.

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Grow your own food? Use our Garden Shop Calculator to work out how much your food would cost to buy in the shop and how much is ‘owed’ to pollinators.

Ongoing project

New participants welcome

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Help us design habitat for breeding hoverflies by creating small ‘lagoons’ out of buckets packed with organic matter and water.

Ongoing project

New participants welcome

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Night-flying insects also provide pollination, but we know much less about the effects of this than we do for daytime insects.  We're developing a project to look at nocturnal pollinators and need help from Buzz Club members to get things started.

Are you brilliant at bees, or befuddled by beetles?  Magnificent with mimics, or waylaid by wasps?

Test out your insect identification skills with one of our quizzes!

Ongoing project

Closed for 2012

Ongoing project

New participants welcome

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Can painted stones help defend your strawberries from hungry birds?  This project looks into a home remedy for pecked fruit, to see if a little stone art can deter birds.

Ongoing project

Closed for 2021

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Finding the best way to make earwig 'hotels', providing habitat for these often-unappreciated beneficial garden residents.

Ongoing project

Closed for 2021