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The Great British Bee Count

Thank you for taking part

Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count is over for another year. In 2018, 482,915 records were submitted by 23,755 of you, from the Shetland Islands to the Isles of Scilly. This will provide invaluable data about a fantastic range of wild bees.

Remember you can still use the app to identify bees - and provide top tips for helping these special pollinators. If you haven't already, download it for iOS or Android.

Many thanks to our sponsor, bee-friendly mobile network Ecotalk, for their generous support.

How your sightings help bees

The Great British Bee Count is a great way to learn about bees - and help 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.

Great British Bee Count 2018 in numbers

bee-lovers took part
bees were recorded
species of bee were identified
bees were recorded at bee hotels
of bees were spotted in gardens

Rare bees sightings

We've already identified an incredible 50 bee species from the photos you submitted this year. Many of these were common species, but some of you were lucky enough to spot more unusual species. Find out which bees got us particularly excited.

Easy 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.