Polli:Nation is a Heritage Lottery funded UK-wide initiative supporting pupils from 260 schools to turn their school grounds and other local walk-to spaces into pollinator friendly habitats. As part of this programme, the OPAL Polli:Nation Survey was developed to:
• Survey their patch using the OPAL Polli:Nation survey
• Make improvements for pollinators on their patch
• See how well it has worked using the OPAL survey to see the impact the improvements have had.
This cross-curricula project is giving our students at USH direct hands-on experiences; from creating bug hotels and flower beds made out of pallets to a competition in designing equipment for use in the Pollination area. We have enthusiastic members of a club called Upper Shirley Hive that have surveyed our patch to explore the health of our soils and trees, the distribution of invertebrates, and the importance of hedges.Year 9 and 10 COPE classes have learnt about the role pollinating insects play in ecosystem services, as well as providing the manual labour needed in developing our space.
Alongside creating a network of knowledgeable and enthused young activists, the ambition of this programme is to utilise school grounds to form green corridors and ‘stepping stones’, enabling species to move between core areas thereby contributing to the overall aim of the project by increasing numbers and sightings of pollinating insects in the UK.
Polli:Nation has made the finals of the National Lottery Awards – this is fantastic news and is a reflection of all the hard work the participating schools have put in to make the project a success. So now we want them to win!
The voting takes place between 9am on 27th June and midnight on 27th July and there are a number of different ways you can vote. Anyone of any age can vote so that means as many pupils, parents, governors, friends of the school etc as possible. You can even vote if you are overseas – so you could vote whilst on holiday!
Firstly – you can vote on-line. The special website address is: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/pollination-0
You can phone in your vote on 0844 836 9686
You can also vote via twitter – including #NLAPolliNation when you vote – or just retweet one of our tweets. You need do this only once as only one vote will count from each twitter account.
Votes will not count from a twitter account if it has:
• Less than 10 followers
• A poor follower to following ratio
• No profile picture
• Posts from bot accounts/clients
So you can’t just set up a new account to vote! You can promote the hashtag on other social media platforms but only those from twitter will count.
Please remember you cannot, and must not, vote before 27th June. Otherwise they might be disqualified.