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Pollinator-flower interactions in gardens during the covid 19 pandemic lockdown of 2020

Ollerton, Jeff; Trunschke, Judith; Havens, Kayri; Landaverde-Gonz?lez, Patricia; Keller, Alexander; Gilpin, Amy-Marie; Rodrigo Rech, Andr?; Baronio, Gudryan; Phillips, Benjamin; Mackin, Chris; Stanley, Dara; Treanore, Erin; Baker, Ellen; Rotheray, Ellen; Erickson, Emily; Fornoff, Felix; Brearley, Francis; Ballantyne, Gavin; Iossa, Graziella; Stone, Graham; Bartomeus, Ignasi; Stockan, Jenni; Leguizam?n, Johana; Prendergast, Kit; Rowley, Lisa; Giovanetti, Manuela; de Oliveira Bueno, Raquel; Wesselingh, Renate; Mallinger, Rachel; Edmondson, Sally; Howard, Scarlett; Leonhardt, Sara; Rojas-Nossa, Sandra; Brett, Maisie; Joaqui, Tatiana; Antoniazzi, Reuber; Burton, Victoria; Feng, Hui-Hui; Tian, Zhi-Xi; Xu, Qi; Zhang, Chuan; Shi, Chang-Li; Huang, Shuang-Quan; Cole, Lorna; Bendifallah, Leila; Ellis, Emilie; Joar Hegland, Stein; Straffon D?az, Sara; Lander, Tonya; Mayr, Antonia; Katzer, Sophie; Dawson, Richard; Eeraerts, Maxime; Armbruster, Scott; Walton, Becky; Adjlane, Noureddine; Falk, Steve...


Jeff Ollerton

Judith Trunschke

Kayri Havens


Alexander Keller

Amy-Marie Gilpin

Rodrigo Rech

Gudryan Baronio

Benjamin Phillips

Chris Mackin

Dara Stanley

Erin Treanore

Ellen Baker

Ellen Rotheray

Emily Erickson

Felix Fornoff

Francis Brearley

Graziella Iossa

Graham Stone

Ignasi Bartomeus

Jenni Stockan


Kit Prendergast

Lisa Rowley

Manuela Giovanetti

Raquel de Oliveira Bueno

Renate Wesselingh

Rachel Mallinger

Sally Edmondson

Scarlett Howard

Sara Leonhardt

Sandra Rojas-Nossa

Maisie Brett

Tatiana Joaqui

Reuber Antoniazzi

Victoria Burton

Hui-Hui Feng

Zhi-Xi Tian

Qi Xu

Chuan Zhang

Chang-Li Shi

Shuang-Quan Huang

Lorna Cole

Leila Bendifallah

Emilie Ellis

Stein Joar Hegland


Tonya Lander

Antonia Mayr

Sophie Katzer

Richard Dawson

Maxime Eeraerts

Scott Armbruster

Becky Walton

Noureddine Adjlane

Steven Falk

Luis Mata

Anya Goncalves Geiger

Claire Carvell

Claire Wallace

Fabrizia Ratto

Marta Barberis

Fay Kahane

Stuart Connop

Anthonie Stip

Maria Rosangela Sigrist

Nicolas Vereecken

Alexandra-Maria Klein

Katherine Baldock

Sarah Arnold


During the main COVID-19 global pandemic lockdown period of 2020 an impromptu set of pollination ecologists came together via social media and personal contacts to carry out standardised surveys of the flower visits and plants in gardens. The surveys involved 67 rural, suburban and urban gardens, of various sizes, ranging from 61.18° North in Norway to 37.96° South in Australia, resulting in a data set of 25,174 rows, with each row being a unique interaction record for that date/site/plant species, and comprising almost 47,000 visits to flowers, as well as records of flowers that were not visited by pollinators, for over 1,000 species and varieties belonging to more than 460 genera and 96 plant families. The more than 650 species of flower visitors belong to 12 orders of invertebrates and four of vertebrates. In this first publication from the project, we present a brief description of the data and make it freely available for any researchers to use in the future, the only restriction being that they cite this paper in the first instance. The data generated from these global surveys will provide scientific evidence to help us understand the role that private gardens (in urban, rural and suburban areas) can play in conserving insect pollinators and identify management actions to enhance their potential.


Ollerton, J., Trunschke, J., Havens, K., Landaverde-González, P., Keller, A., Gilpin, A., …Arnold, S. (2022). Pollinator-flower interactions in gardens during the covid 19 pandemic lockdown of 2020. Journal of Pollination Ecology, 31(9), 87-96.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 19, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 27, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Aug 9, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 9, 2022
Journal Journal of Pollination Ecology
Print ISSN 1920-7603
Publisher Enviroquest Ltd
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 9
Pages 87-96
Keywords bees, flowers, hummingbirds, insects, pollination, species interactions
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