Welcome to the blog of the course and textbook Facing up to global warming: What is going on and what you can do about it. This course is run by Professor Nick Gray of the Trinity Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Citizen Science Project: Count Flowers for Bees

Dr Eileen Power, a researcher based in Botany at Trinity College Dublin is creating a flower map of Ireland to help conserve pollinators. This will involve sampling as many locations in Ireland at different times of the year to gauge the species and density of flower plants that are to be found.  This is a massive undertaking and while Eileen is carrying out surveys of her own she has created an online resource to encourage people from around Ireland to help her get as a complete map as possible.

The Citizen Science Project is asking everyone who has either a camera or smartphone to take some photos of flowers while out walking and upload them to her Flickr Group Page Count Flowers for Bees:   https://www.flickr.com/groups/countflowersforbees/

In order to identify which  habitats provide the best food for pollinators she needs you to follow the following rules:
  1. Take a photo of roughly a 1 metre squared patch of ground or hedgerow
  2. Take 1 photo every 10 metres until you have 10 photos. One metre is equivalent to one long stride.
  3. Upload photos to Flickr 
  4. Tag the photos FLOWERMAP 
  5. Say where you took photos. You can click 'add to map' in your personal photostream.
  6. Add the photos to this group
Remember only to take images from Ireland.  So please take part in this important research project.

Posted: Nick Gray


  1. Eileen has given some more information about how to download your images.

    "I need 10 photos of 1 metre squared quadrats taken along roughly 100 m transects. Photos taken on a smartphone often have gps data automatically attached which is handy for this project. If you upload photos from a camera to Flickr then you just have to manually choose the location from a map (you can drag and drop the photo on to a map. Not perfect as it doesn't seem to allow you to input coordinates. However thay are updating things apparently).
    Points to note: Like Facebook, etc., you will have to create a Flickr account (they are owned by Yahoo so they give you a yahoo email address if you dont have one already). This is a barrier for some people, but unfortunately Flickr seems to be the best application for this project. Sites like Facebook remove location data from photos.

    Anyway, I hope this makes sense. I've gotten quite a response on my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/countflowersforbees) but it will be interesting to see how that translates into active participation!"

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