Matthew Neville

Pollination experts create a buzz in farming with Dyson Farming installations

AgriSound, a company specialising in insect conservation and pollination, has installed a number of its innovative listening devices at Dyson Farming’s Carrington site in the UK.

The biodiversity experts, based in York, support the conservation of bees and other insects through the use of specially developed devices which combine acoustic technology and environmental sensors to monitor bee and other pollinator populations remotely through an app available on any smart device.

These innovative, low cost monitoring systems have been developed by scientists to interpret nature’s noises to help maintain and maximise pollination, necessary for the survival of future pollinators, farms, gardens and the wider planet.

AgriSound has installed a number of new trial devices on the Carrington site, which will feature in Dyson Farming’s industrial scale strawberry glass houses and across their outdoor fields as part of the farming expert’s own biodiversity objectives.

As part of the trial, AgriSound will be working closely with Dyson Farming over the next few weeks to monitor the presence of bees and other pollinators on their site, with the view of expanding operations moving forward.

Edward Ford, Technical Agronomist of Dyson Farming, said: “As soon as we spoke to the team at Agrisound we were impressed by their passion for tackling the challenges of biodiversity and by their innovative methods of achieving this, it very much aligns with our ethos.

“These innovative devices installed at Carrington will act as a valuable tool for us to learn about the health of the environment in our greenhouses and fields for pollination, which remains a vital cog in helping our ecosystem thrive. We also look forward to contributing to the future development of this technology”.

Casey Woodward, founder & CEO of AgriSound, added: “It’s terrific to be able to partner with Dyson Farming and trial our devices on one of their sites. Dyson Farming shares our passion for promoting the merits of the natural environment and implementing the monitoring technology will help us gain a good understanding of the health of pollinators on such big commercial landscapes.

“I have no doubt that this will be hugely beneficial in helping us understand the optimal setting for pollination in a farming environment, which, in turn, will play a big part in our wider efforts to protect our declining insect population and boost biodiversity.”

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