Motivation and interest in pollinator conservation are important factors that are crucial for the dissemination and implementation of e.g., “pro-pollinator” or biodiversity friendly practices. Therefore, in our accompanying research we investigate which factors motivate gardeners.
In 2020 and 2021, we surveyed a total of 111 gardeners in Berlin and Munich with a questionnaire. About one fifth of the respondents took part in the project’s citizen research. We analyzed which factors influence participation in the project: attitudes, identity as a gardener, emotions, closeness to nature and intentions to do something for pollinator protection. We use participation in the project to investigate not only intentions, but also active interventions for pollinator conservation. The results show that fascination and joy as positive emotions influence participation in citizen science, and may be important for future conservation interventions we will develop and collaboratively implement.