Counting bees for the Great British Bee Count

Tom Wright

20 June 2016

Up and down the country Friends of the Earth groups have been busy promoting the Great British Bee Count.

 Help bees near you

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.

Chris Packham at the Oxford Bee Fest

Tonbridge Friends of the Earth using some great fancy dress at the Tonbridge Carnival to highlight the plight of bees and other species.

Friends of the Earth group dress up at Tonbridge Carnival to give voice to bees
Tonbridge Carnival, by Tonbridge Friends of the Earth

Margaret from Isle of Man Friends of the Earth gets children busy with colouring activities at a local community farm event.

A bee stall at a community farm event on the Isle of Man

Reading Friends of the Earth held a stall at the Beanpole Day event.

Reading Friends of the Earth's bee stall at Beanpole Day

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.

Penny Morduant MP opens Portsmouth Friends of the Earth'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. 

Bromley Friends of the Earth's Bee Breakfast

Elmbridge Friends of the Earth won the best-dressed stall competition at Molesey Carnival - David's holding it up in the picture below.

Elmbridge Friends of the Earth's bee stall

Meanwhile elsewhere

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.

Raysfield Infants’ School's bee carnival

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.

Bumblebees on flowering chives

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.

A giant bee at the Oxford Bee Fest