LIGHTWEIGHT PAN TRAP SET for field surveying.

A set of five pan trap stations designed and manufactured in the UK by Richard Dawson.

Developed following my work as a field surveyor in North Wales in 2019. I mainly surveyed high altitude sites and wanted a lightweight pan trap set to carry up hills and mountains. Now used by ecologists and entomologists from Liverpool Museum and rECOrd at Chester Zoo.

These pan trap sets are based on the San Francisco State University Bee Plot pollinator monitoring research.

They offer the advantages of:

Lightweight - 1625 g for a set of five
Disassemble for transport
Pan trap rings rotate out for use and cannot come loose from the support bar during travel
Easy to clean when moving between sites to prevent cross contamination
Easy to drive into the ground and secure once positioned
Angled stakes fit together to save space for transport & storage
Drilled at 100mm intervals for adjustment of pan trap height to suit vegetation at locale
Additional hole at top of stake for attachment of label / project notice


Robust 1.6mm aluminium angle
Galvanised steel wire
Galvanised nuts & bolts
Rigid PP bowls (350ml)
Primed and sprayed with quality UV paint

Please get in touch for more details or to discuss custom options for specific survey needs.

I have limited stock of made up sets and they will be fabricated to order so please allow two weeks for delivery.

If you need a set quickly please get in touch as I can usually facilitate rush jobs.

Price is £150 for:

5 x aluminium stakes 
5 x pan / bowl support bars (each holding three pans/bowls - 15 rings)
15 x 350ml bowls (5 x UV Yellow, 5 x UV Blue, 5 x UV White)
3 x  Spare bolts and wing nuts.

Download an info sheet here.

Posted second class using Parcel Force - please get in touch for alternate delivery options.

Hand made to order in the UK. 

Get in touch re discount for bulk orders.

For more info or to place an order please contact Richard directly via Richard@ArthroPods.co.uk

Larger images are available on Flickr - click the images on the left to open in a new window.