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The Great British Bee Count

Thank you for taking part

Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count will not be taking place this year, but you can find out more about our work on bees.

There are plenty of surveys you can join this year, to help develop our understanding of bees and other insects. Find out more about bee and insect surveys.

How your sightings help bees

The Great British Bee Count is a great way to learn about bees - and help 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. Find out how.

Great British Bee Count 2018 in numbers

bee-lovers took part
bees were recorded
species of bee were identified
bees were recorded at bee hotels
of bees were spotted in gardens

Rare bees sightings

We've already identified an incredible 50 bee species from the photos you submitted this year. Many of these were common species, but some of you were lucky enough to spot more unusual species. Find out which bees got us particularly excited.

Easy 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 26 species of bumblebee in Britain and just one honey bee - Apis mellifera.

Wool Carder Bee
Spot the difference

Can you tell a Brown carder from a Shrill carder bee?

Gardening for bees

Whether you have a small planter by your front door, or a large garden, it's easy to create a haven for bees and other pollinators.

Like us, these insects need shelter, water and food. Discover how to help create a simple shelter such as a bee hotel for solitary bees. A simple drinking pond is easy to make too -read more in our guide to gardening for bees.

Insects feed on the pollen and nectar from flowering plants, so you can help by growing these through each season.