Britain’s bees are in trouble. A troubling 35 British bees species are under threat of extinction, and all species face serious threats.
Right now, they need us almost as much as we need them.
The decline in bees’ diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions.
This includes our food crops. Bees pollinate much of the food that makes our diets healthy and tasty – from the apple in our lunchbox, to the tomatoes on our pizza.
Please help Britain’s population of bumblebees and solitary bees by joining The Great British Bee Count until 30 June 2018.
The free app will help you identify and record different species. You’ll also get a handy bee-friendly plant guide, and tips for creating pollinator habitats.
Joining the Great British Bee Count is a great way to learn about bees – and helping experts learn more too.
Thousands of your verified bee sightings will contribute to the national Pollinator Monitoring Scheme – the first comprehensive health check of Britain’s bees and other pollinators.
Do you know what? 17,685 bee-lovers have already put 274,845 bees on the map.
Maybe your local park is full of Banded white-tailed bumblebees, or an Ashy mining bee has been 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 at the Great British Bee Count website to find out more.