Help count British Bees with Friends of the Earth's Bee Count App!
Join the Great British Bee Count to help build a nationwide picture of bees’ health by using the Friends of the Earth Great British Bee Count App!
There’s currently no accurate picture of the condition of bees in the UK. We know that bees are going hungry and homeless. A big problem is the loss of their vital habitat, with 97% of wildflower meadows gone in the past 60 years. Already more than 20 species of bee have become extinct - and more than a quarter are under threat.
We can’t take bees for granted. These little creatures provide an essential link in our food chain - every day we eat fruit and vegetables pollinated by bees.
But you can help us build a nationwide picture of bees’ health and help scientists assess the practical steps needed to reverse the decline of our bees. You don’t need to be an expert to take part, simply choose which bee best matches what you see when you’re out and about in our easy-to-use free app. Scientists will then be able to use your data to see where bees are thriving – and where they’re in trouble.
To help experts assess the practical steps needed to reverse the decline of our bees, information about location and numbers is crucial.
As well as recording your bee sightings for the Great British Bee Count, you can help bees by growing plants they need for food and shelter, at home or in your local area.
Why not plant a lavender border - find a dry sunny spot for this hardy plant whose fragrant purple flowers are much loved by bees. Or Start a bee café - plant a variety of pollinator plants in sunny spots for hungry bees. How about Sowing wildflower seeds - dig over soil, prepare a fine tilth and sow in rows so it's easy to spot any weeds that sneak in. And finally, build a bee hotel - use twigs, cardboard tubes and drill small holes into logs.
The Great British Bee Count runs from June – August 2014. Download the app now to join this fun, family-friendly citizen science project.
Are there any bees in your garden? In your local park? Which types of bee do you see?
Let’s get counting!