Orchard survey results
What have we found out so far?
Our orchard team have identified over 35,000 individual orchards in England, and over 7,000 in Wales, and around 20% of these have been surveyed so far. Our task is ongoing and as you can see from our Google map there are still plenty of orchards that need your help to protect them for the future.
Since the survey began in 2006 we have achieved an enormous amount thanks to over 700 survey volunteers and nearly 800 orchard owners. We have even found a noble chafer population in Kent where it has not been recorded for over 60 years.
The maps that we have produced are being put to good use throughout the UK. For example, in Gloucestershire they are being used to target owners for Environmental Stewardship schemes and in Devon, new markets are being found for people to sell their fruit.
From the volunteer surveys we have assessed that in England only 9% of sites are in excellent condition, 45% good and 46% poor. For Wales 7% are excellent, 58% good and 35% poor. View the full reports for England and Wales in our wildlife reports section.