Pollen and fungal spore levels in the East Midlands

This page is dedicated to reporting the pollen and fungal spore levels in the East Midlands, paying particular mention to those known to be allergenic. This page will be updated regularly in the peak season (June/August) and as and when necessary outside these months.

The information provided is for the interest of, and use by, the general public only.

Recent pollen levels

The air contains high levels of spring pollen. The count comprises primarily birch and yew pollen, with birch levels being above allergenic levels on many days. Low  levels of  willow, ash, oak, nettle and oil seed rape have  also  been observed together with the  first grass  pollen of the  year. 


Recent grass pollen levels in the East Midlands

The 2013 grass pollen season is nearly at an end and we anticipate only low count days from now on. We will continue to monitor the pollen weekly which will be reported in the section above. This grass section will not be updated again until the 2014 season commences.


Recent fungal spore levels

Recent fungal spore counts have been low.Counts consist predominantly of hyaline and coloured basidiospores spores together with  Cladosporium,Sporobolomyces, Tilletiopsis,various ascospores, and Aspergillus/Penicillium.

Updated: 26/11/2013

Key to Grass Pollen counts


Pollen grains per cubic metre of air


0 – 29


30 – 49


50 – 149

Very High

150 - 499

Exceedingly High

> 500

Key to spore levels


Fungal spores per cubic metre of air

Very Low

< 1,000


1,000 - 4,999


5,000 - 19,999


20,000 - 50,000

Very High

> 50,000



Hayfever Tips – Always be prepared

Start medication early
When the pollen count is high stay indoors with the doors and windows closed
Change your clothes and have a shower at the end of the day
Go to sleep with your head on a fresh pillowcase
In the car keep the windows closed and wear sunglasses
Do not walk in the woods if you are allergic to tree pollen

Seasonal peaks for some of the more allergenic pollen

Hazel          (February and March)
Alder           (February and March)
Birch           (April)
Oak            (May)
Grass          (June and July)
Nettle         (June- September)


MAARA members' personal experiences

Do you have any pollen or fungal spore related stories to share?

Please e-mail any stories or experiences to enquiries@maara.org

Submitted Thursday 24th February 2011

"There is a large Yew tree which hangs over the wall of our garden. At about 1pm today the sun came out and I noticed white pollen clouds coming off the tree in large puffs which looked like steam clouds or white smoke. The tree overhangs part of my conservatory and the glass roof was soon covered in a thin layer of white dust. I was working nearby and noticed my lips began to smart, my eyes became itchy and later I developed a bit of a headache, although I don't usually suffer from asthma or allergy problems."

"The event only lasted a couple of hours, but the same thing happens every year at this time and only seems to last one day. Unfortunately I always have to wash off the pollen dust from the conservatory roof!"