Bee spotting

The Great British Bee Count

Join the Great British Bee Count 2018

Thanks to you, over 300,000 bees were recorded during the Great British Bee Count 2017, from the Shetland Islands to the Isles of Scilly. You spotted a fantastic variety of solitary bees, bumblebees and honeybees, and many of you were also inspired to make bee-friendly spaces in your gardens and neighbourhood.

Together, we’ve made some brilliant progress for bees in 2017. But there’s still a long way to go to keep Britain buzzing. Will you join us again?

Great British Bee Count: What you need to know

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 our brilliant bees and easy ways to help them. It’s also a great nature activity to do with children - encouraging them to get up close with these wonderful insects.

You'll be helping experts build our understanding of different species. For example, how they're coping with impacts such as climate change and habitat loss – so that ultimately we might reverse their decline.

It’s more important than ever that we act together now to save bees and other pollinating insects. Show your support for our bees and help make this the biggest Great British Bee Count ever.

Great British Bee Count 2017 map

Which bees were spotted near where you live?

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.

Great British Bee Count 2017 in numbers

people took part in the 2017
Great British Bee Count.
bees were recorded, from the
Isles of Scilly to the Shetland Islands.
bee species considered at
risk of extinction in Britain.
types of bee featured in the app
- including solitary bees.
of participants we asked last year were inspired to help bees - in the garden, community, or via social media.

Bees need your help now

We tend to think about bees during the summer when they're very active. Perhaps you've thought about them more this year by taking part in the Great British Bee Count, or by making your garden pollinator-friendly.

But these incredible insects need our help all year round - and especially now.

The government is about to decide whether to support a full ban on neonicotinoids. These pesticides are having a devastating impact on bees, but we have a chance to keep them out of our fields and gardens. Find out how you can help.

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

Wool Carder Bee
Spot the difference

Can you tell your real bee from a lookalike?