Bee spotting

The Great British Bee Count

Thank you for taking part!

Thanks to you, over 300,000 bees have been recorded, from the Shetland Islands to the Isles of Scilly. This will provide invaluable data about a fantastic range of solitary bees, bumblebees and honeybees which experts can use to learn more about how we might reverse bee decline.

Now our Bee Expert and team of brilliant volunteers will get to work verifying your sightings over the coming weeks. We'll publish the results of Great British Bee Count 2017 as soon as we can, so watch this space.  

Remember you can still use your Great British Bee Count app to identify bees - and give you top tips for helping bees, including bee-friendly plants to grow.

For now, check our map to see which bees were spotted near you.  

Great British Bee Count 2017 map

Which bees were spotted near where you live?

Maybe your local park was full of Banded white-tailed bumblebees, or an Ashy mining bee was spotted on flowering crops in a nearby farm.

You might be surprised by some less obvious habitats, such as road verges or waste ground, which can provide useful wildflowers for different species to forage. 

Take a look and find out more.

The Great British Bee Count in numbers

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people took part in this year's
Great British Bee Count.
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bees were recorded, from the
Isles of Scilly to the Shetland Islands.
35
bee species considered at
risk of extinction in Britain.
16
types of bee featured in this year's app
- including solitary bees.
97%
of participants we asked last year were inspired to help bees - in the garden, community, or via social media.

Why I'm supporting the Great British Bee Count

What inspires people to care about bees - and how does bee-spotting on a mobile phone make a difference?

We asked some of our supporters what inspired them to get involved in Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count.

Our bee identification guide

White Tailed Bumblebee
Find out about Britain's amazing bees

Did you know that 270 species of bee have been recorded in Britain?

Tawny Mining Bee
It's not just about the honey

There are 25 species of bumblebee in Britain and just one honey bee - Apis mellifera.

Wool Carder Bee
Spot the difference

Can you tell your real bee from a lookalike?