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.

Remember you can still use your Great British Bee Count app to identify bees - and provide top tips for helping these special pollinators.

Find out more about what happens to the data from the Great British Bee Count.

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

people took part in this year's
Great British Bee Count.
bees were recorded, from the
Isles of Scilly to the Shetland Islands.
bee species considered at
risk of extinction in Britain.
types of bee 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.

Bees need your help now

We tend to think about bees during the summer when they're very active. Perhaps you've thought about them more this year by taking part in the Great British Bee Count, or by making your garden pollinator-friendly.

But these incredible insects need our help all year round - and especially now.

The government is about to decide whether to support a full ban on neonicotinoids. These pesticides are having a devastating impact on bees, but we have a chance to keep them out of our fields and gardens. Find out how you can help.

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?