This page provides a summary of the EU funded SPRING project which started in May 2021 and will run until November 2023. The project will support preparation for the implementation of the EU Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (EU PoMS) for wild bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths using volunteer and professional recorders, building on the work of the ABLE project on citizen science butterfly monitoring.
As well as the Core Scheme, the SPRING project will include 3 additional modules:
To ensure representative coverage across all biogeographical zones, Europe has been divided into 6 regions with the lead country shown in bold (see map):
The SPRING project is funded by a service contract from the European Union Directorate General for the Environment. The project report will make recommendations for establishing a scientifically robust and sustainable EU Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (EU-PoMS) that will provide a series of indicators, capable of detecting any significant changes in the abundance of pollinators across the whole of the EU.
The SPRING project is led by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany), working with 18 partners: the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), the University of Mons (Belgium), the University of Helsinki (Finland), the Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMOS, Finland), the Senckenberg Research Institute (Germany), the University of The Aegean (Greece), the Centre for Ecological Research (CER, Hungary), the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA, Italy), the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (Netherlands), the European Invertebrate Survey (EIS, Netherlands), the University of Novi Sad (Serbia), the Ecological and Forestry Application Research Centre (CREAF, SPAIN), the University of Alicante (Spain), Lund University (Sweden), the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH, UK), the University of Reading (UK), Butterfly Conservation Europe (BCE), Dutch Butterfly Conservation, and Butterfly Conservation (UK).