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

Jeff Ollerton; Judith Trunschke; Kayri Havens; Patricia Landaverde-González; Alexander Keller; Amy-Marie Gilpin; André R. Rech; Gudryan J. Baronio; Ben Phillips; Chris Mackin; Dara A. Stanley; Erin Treanore; Ellen Baker; Ellen L. Rotheray; Emily Erickson; Felix Fornoff; Francis Brearley; Gavin Ballantyne; Graziella Iossa; Graham N. Stone; Ignasi Bartomeus; Jenni A. Stockan; Johana Leguizamón; Kit Prendergast; Lisa Rowley; Manuela Giovanetti; Raquel de O. Bueno; Renate A. Wesselingh; Rachel Mallinger; Sally Edmondson; Scarlett R. Howard; Sara D. Leonhardt; Sandra V. Rojas-Nossa; Maisie Brett; Tatiana S. Joaqui; Reuber L. Antoniazzi; Victoria J. Burton; Huihui Feng; Zhixi Tian; Qi Xu; Chuan Zhang; Changli Shi; Shuang-Quan Huang; Lorna J. Cole; Leila Bendifallah; Emilie E. Ellis; Stein J. Hegland; Sara S. Díaz; Tonya A. Lander; Antonia V. Mayr; Sophie Katzer; Richard Dawson; Maxime Eeraerts; W. Scott Armbruster; Becky Walton; Noureddine Adjlane; Steven Falk; Luis Mata; Anya G. Geiger; Claire Carvell; Claire Wallace; Fabrizia Ratto; Marta Barberis; Fay Kahane; Stuart Connop; Anthonie Stip; Maria R. Sigrist; Nicolas J. Vereecken; Alexandra-Maria Klein; Katherine C. Baldock; Sarah E. Arnold

During the main COVID-19 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 their gardens. The surveys involved 67 rural, suburban and urban gardens, of various sizes, ranging from 61.18o North in Norway to 37.96o South in Australia and resulted in a data set of 25,174 rows long and comprising almost 47,000 visits to flowers, as well as records of plants that were not visited by pollinators. 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. As well as producing a data set that we hope will be widely used in the future, the project helped enormously with the health and mental wellbeing of the participants, a by-product of ecological field work that cannot be over-estimated.

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