The Great British Bee Count


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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.

The Great British Bee Count is supported by Buglife , and sponsored by Ecotalk , a new mobile service powered by green energy, which uses your money to buy land to give back to nature. 

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

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?

Get involved

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.


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