Counting bees for the Great British Bee Count
Up and down the country Friends of the Earth groups have been busy promoting the Great British Bee Count.
The Great British Bee Count is over for another year – together we spotted an amazing number of bees, 375,000 in total.
Friends of the Earth groups have been busy spreading the word about Britain's biggest bee survey, and encouraging the public to help our brilliant bees. Here are some of the highlights...
Chris Packham turned up at the Oxford Bee Fest, organised by Oxford Friends of the Earth.
Tonbridge Friends of the Earth using some great fancy dress at the Tonbridge Carnival to highlight the plight of bees and other species.
Margaret from Isle of Man Friends of the Earth gets children busy with colouring activities at a local community farm event.
Reading Friends of the Earth held a stall at the Beanpole Day event.
Portsmouth Friends of the Earth put on a Bee-Friendly Fun Day. A few days beforehand local MP Penny Morduant officially opened the group's Bee World.
Members of Bromley Friends of the Earth held an event at the Bee World on Tugmutton Common - linking up with another community group to promote the Great British Bee Count.
Elmbridge Friends of the Earth won the best-dressed stall competition at Molesey Carnival - David's holding it up in the picture below.
Beyond Friends of the Earth groups a lot's been happening. Pupils, parents and teachers at Raysfield Infants’ School organised a bee-themed float for a carnival in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol.
And on social media people have been sharing their bee photos with the #greatbritishbeecount hashtag. Morgan Parks spotted some bumblebees enjoying chives in full flower.
Help your local bees
The Great British Bee Count will be back next year. In the meantime see below for more ways you can help bees.