Friends of the Earth are calling on people to take part in this year’s Great British Bee Count and do their bit to help our precious pollinators.
Running from 17 May to 30 June 2018, the national bee survey will gather crucial data to provide researchers with valuable insights to help bees thrive.
A fun, free and informative app is available to help people with their count and to identify some of the 270 UK bee species that visit our gardens, parks and countryside. The app also offers advice on how to help by creating bee-friendly gardens and other spaces.
A survey of last year’s participants revealed that a huge percentage were inspired to grow bee-friendly plants, install a bee hotel or leave a patch of lawn to grow. Friends of the Earth has a number of top tips for creating bee-friendly spaces which can be found here: https://www.foe.co.uk/bee-count/bee-cause-gardening-bees
We rely on bees for a healthy environment and economy – they pollinate many of the plants around us, including most of our fruit and vegetables. But bees also are under threat from pesticides, habitat loss and climate change.
As many as 35 UK bee species are considered under threat of extinction – and across Europe nearly one in ten wild bee species face the same fate. Bees pollinate 75% of our main food crops including some of our favourite products like apples, strawberries and tomatoes.
To register and download the app go to www.greatbritishbeecount.co.uk