Bee a volunteer: take part in the Great British Bee Count

Grey-patched mining bee on Rose. Cobham, Surrey. Credit: Phillipa Young

You have until 30 June to take part in the Friends of the Earth Great British Bee Count, a national initiative that pretty much does what it says on the tin.

So far more than 15,000 people have catalogued over 280,000 bees, including the rare Long-horned bee, recorded in a garden near Lingfield Park racecourse in Surrey.

Overall, the Great British Bee Count helps people to:

• identify the common bee species that visit our gardens, parks and countryside – as well as two rarer species.
• learn more about the amazing diversity of Britain’s bees – around 270 species of bee have been recorded in Great Britain.
• take easy steps to help our under-threat pollinators – such as creating bee-friendly gardens and other spaces

Verified sightings recorded as part of Great British Bee Count will be shared with academic researchers and ecologists via the National Biodiversity Network Atlas.

People can take part by downloading a fun, FREE and easy-to-use app which allows them to send in photos of the bees they spot: www.greatbritishbeecount.co.uk

Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count is supported by Buglife and sponsored by Waitrose.