Carder bee with flower

The Great British Bee Count

Join the Great British Bee Count 2018

Our bees are in trouble - can you help?

Join Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count from 17 May to 30 June 2018, and our free app will get you off to a flying start in identifying and recording different species.

By taking part, you'll learn more about bees and easy ways to help them. You'll also be helping experts build their understanding of how wild bumblebees and solitary bees are coping with threats including habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.

Great British Bee Count 2017 map

Which bees were spotted near you last year?

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.

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 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.


Ask your council to protect pollinators

Wouldn't it be fantastic if your neighbourhood was full of flourishing green spaces, for both you and pollinators to enjoy?

Councils can play an important role in protecting and restoring habitats for insects and wildlife. Find further resources about how your council can help bees and other pollinators

Make a difference today by asking your council to take simple measures to protect pollinating insects.