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
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?
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.