Join the Great British Bee Count 2018
Join our bee survey from 17 May to 30 June 2018, and discover how to help bumblebees and solitary bees this summer.
Our 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.
Why take part?
We've had some great wins recently for bees, including a European ban on bee-harming neonicotinoids.
But wild bees aren't safe yet - they still face many threats, including habitat loss, intensive farming and climate change.
You can help experts learn more about how bees are faring. Watch our video to find out how.
How your sightings help bees
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. Find out how.
Our bee identification guide
Did you know that 270 species of bee have been recorded in Britain?
There are 26 species of bumblebee in Britain and just one honey bee - Apis mellifera.
Can you tell a Brown carder from a Shrill carder bee?
Inspired by the Great British Bee Count to do more to help bees? Help us spread the word this summer. Whether you're involved in a community group, business, work with young people, or just fancy telling a few wildlife-loving friends, we've got resources to get you started.
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.
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.