Bee spotting

The Great British Bee Count

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The Great British Bee Count app

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Great British Bee Count: What you need to know

Our bees are in trouble - can you help? Join Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count from 19 May to 30 June 2017, and our free app will get you off to a flying start in identifying and recording different species.

By taking part, you'll learn more about our brilliant bees and easy ways to help them. It’s also a great nature activity to do with children - encouraging them to get up close with these wonderful insects.

You'll be helping experts build our understanding of different species. For example, how they're coping with impacts such as climate change and habitat loss – so that ultimately we might reverse their decline.

It’s more important than ever that we act together now to save bees and other pollinating insects. Show your support for our bees and help make this the biggest Great British Bee Count ever.

The Great British Bee Count in numbers

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

Why take part in the Great British Bee Count?

It’s a great way to learn more about bees, and get up close with these fascinating insects.

You’ll also be helping experts learn more, so that the government and others can decide on what action is needed to reverse bee decline.

How does the Great British Bee Count work?

Simple - you download our free app when we launch it on 19 May 2017. Get spotting bees in your garden or any other outdoor location, and use the app to tell us when and where you saw them. You can even send us a photo via the app.

Who can take part?

Anyone can get involved. Whether you’re new to the wonderful world of bees or already able to tell a red mason bee from a tawny mining bee – it couldn’t be easier to take part.

The Great British Bee Count is supported by Buglife and sponsored by Waitrose.

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?

Get this map buzzing with your bees

Last year you helped spot an incredible 383,759 bees during the Great British Bee Count. 

This year we're hoping to smash that number and provide even greater insights into our bee population.  When you record a sighting using the free app, your data automatically gets added to the map. 

Let's cover this place in bees.