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
Great British Bee Count.
from the Isles of Scilly to the Orkneys.
- including solitary bees.
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.
Our bee identification guide
Did you know that 270 species of bee have been recorded in Britain?
There are 25 species of bumblebee in Britain and just one honey bee - Apis mellifera.
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.