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pollen up close on plant

UK pollen count calendar

26 May 2022 • 4 min read

Ever frantically googled, “pollen count today near me” in the hopes to see a low number so you’re not sniffling and sneezing throughout the day?

Be prepared in advance this year, with our help. From tree to bee, check our UK pollen count calendar to see how your hay fever might affect you this month… 

What is pollen?

It’s worth knowing what pollen actually is before we dive into the pollen count season by season.

Pollen is described as a mass of microspores in a seed plant, and it looks like a fine dust to the human eye.

Like we learnt in school, pollen is transported by bees, but also by wind, water and other insects too!2

Season by season pollen count

To make things easier for you, we’re going to break things down season by season, and then month by month for a little more detail.

This information is all based on research by the University of Worcester.3

Skip to: 

March | April | May

June | July | August 

September | October | November

December | January | February 

Spring

We’re kicking off our pollen calendar in spring, because this is when things start amping up and you might start experiencing some hay fever related sniffles.

March

The following types could make your symptoms flare up during this month…

Peak pollen:

  • Alder – for the whole month
  • Hazel – the first half of the month
  • Yew – the majority of the month
  • Willow – from mid-month to end of the month
  • Poplar – the end of the month
  • Birch – the very end of the month

General release:

  • Ash
  • Plane
  • Oil seed rape

If it’s weed or grass pollen causing your hay fever, you might not have to reach for your antihistamines just yet.

April

When April rolls around, the following types of pollen are at their peak.

Peak pollen:

  • Alder – very start of the month
  • Elm – first half of the month
  • Willow – first half of the month
  • Poplar – the start of the month
  • Birch – all month long
  • Ash – majority of the month
  • Plane – end of the month
  • Oak – end of the month

General release:

  • Hazel
  • Yew
  • Pine
  • Oil seed rape

May

During May, we start to see a little more weed pollen at its peak…

Peak pollen:

  • Birch – first half of the month
  • Plane – first half of the month
  • Oak – all through the month
  • Pine – second half of the month
  • Oil seed rape – majority of the month

General release:

  • Willow
  • Ash
  • Grass
  • Plantain
  • Nettle
  • Dock

Summer

And now we move on to summer! Sunshine, good times and… sneezes?

With tree pollen starting to filter out, we see a lot more pollen from weeds during this time of the year.

June

These types of pollen are knocking around during this month…

Peak pollen:

  • Oak – start of the month
  • Pine – first half of the month
  • Lime – end of the month
  • Grass – all month long
  • Oil seed rape – all month long
  • Plantain – majority of the month
  • Nettle – very end of the month
  • Dock – very end of the month

General release:

  • Birch
  • Mugwort

July

When July hits, weed pollen takes the reins…

Peak pollen:

  • Lime – start of the month
  • Grass – all month
  • Plantain – start of the month
  • Nettle – all month long
  • Dock – majority of the month
  • Mugwort – very end of the month

General release:

  • Pine
  • Oil seed rape

August

Thankfully, by August there are only a few types of pollen still circulating…

Peak pollen:

  • Nettle – first half of the month
  • Mugwort – first half of the month

General release:

  • Grass pollen
  • Plantain
  • Dock

How to fight summer allergies

Suffering from summer allergies & not sure what to do? This article contains lots of practical advice for dealing with allergies. Read on.

Autumn

When the leaves start to turn and you’re met with vibrant orange hues, hay fever season is well and truly on its way out!

September

While the pollen count is significantly lower at this time of the year with no peak pollen culprits, there are still a few pesky types still in the air to know about…

General release:

  • Grass – start of the month
  • Nettle – majority of the month
  • Mugwort – start of the month

October, November & December

This is when the pollen count is at its lowest, so you don’t have to worry about stocking up on hay fever relief products during these months – hurrah!

Winter

When it’s icy out you may not think that pollen could be an issue, but it’s worth noting that some types of pollen starts to be released from as early as January and that winter hay fever is a thing.

January

Christmas is over, you’re getting on with your new year’s resolutions and the trees are starting to get to work on producing pollen…

General release:

  • Alder – all month long
  • Hazel – second half of the month
  • Yew – second half of the month

February

From as early as February, some tree pollen is already in peak season…

Peak pollen:

  • Alder – second half of the month
  • Hazel – second half of the month
  • Yew – second half of the month

General release:

  • Elm
  • Willow

The final say

If you like to get outdoors a lot and think you may be allergic to a type of pollen, check out our article: Have I Got Hay Fever? Signs and Symptoms.

Last updated: 26 May 2022

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
amy-talbot

Amy Talbot

Author

Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: August 2005

Amy originally started her career with Holland & Barrett in August 2005 with the Labelling Regulatory team for Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements. 

Amy moved over to support the Food Regulatory Team in October 2020 and was promoted to her role of Regulatory Affairs Associate (Food) in February 2021.

In her spare time, Amy likes to go to the gym, listen to a variety of podcasts, read and socialise with friends.

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