Join the Great British Bee Count (1st – 31st May)
This year’s Great British Bee Count is bursting with loads of fun, new ways you can help monitor our buzzing garden friends.
Bees help pollinate hundreds of our main crops including apples, strawberries and tomatoes. Without bees we can kiss goodbye to gran’s apple crumble, strawberries & cream (and even that cheeky gin & tonic).
The UK has lost a shocking 20 species of bee, and a further quarter are on the red list of threatened species. A big reason is that bees depend on flowers for food – and in the past 60 years 97% of our wildflower meadows have disappeared.
But the good news is that you can help change things. By planting flowers rich in nectar and pollen you can start to replenish their lost habitat.
So join in – get planting and start counting – and let’s get Britain buzzing again.
The new app will be available in the App Store and the Google Play Store on 1 May 2015.
What’s new this year?
We’ve been working with the experts to make the Great British Bee Count bigger and better in 2015. Here is a sneak preview of what’s happening this year:
If you submit a photo of a bee, experts in the field can verify it – but you’ve got to be fast to snap our buzzy friends!
This year we’re making it easier for you to identify the bees you spot with our fantastic new identification guide – simply start with the colour of the bee’s bottom and follow the guide.
Count how many bees you see in 2 minutes. You’ll be helping us build a map where we can compare the number of bees with things like habitat loss and land use.
|A spring count
Different bees fly at different times. This year we’ll be looking at bees that appear earlier in the year.
|Bee experts of the future
It’s essential that experts are trained all over the country. We’ve noticed that many of you want to learn more, so this year we will be letting you know what other activities you can do to hone your skills.
|Data verification and availability
We believe that if you’ve got interesting data, share it – together we can uncover all sorts of different findings. Don’t worry though, this won’t mean we pass on your personal details.
Got any questions. See the Frequently Asked Questions page.