TV presenters Michaela Strachan and Ellie Harrison are urging people to take part in Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count, which begins this week and runs until Friday 30 June.
Now in its fourth year, The Bee Count is being backed by some of the nation’s leading bee experts, who are calling on people to take action to help our under-threat pollinators. A fun, free and informative app, which was featured on last year’s Springwatch, is available to help people with their count.
Over fifteen thousand people took part in last year’s event and with the help of the app were able 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.
Verified sightings recorded as part of Great British Bee Count will be shared with academic researchers and ecologists via the National Biodiversity Network Atlas. 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
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. 35 UK bees 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.
TV presenter Michaela Strachan said:
“The humble bee is a vital pollinator. Buzzing around our gardens and countryside, it’s a hard working little insect that pollinates our flowers and crops. But unfortunately these beautiful insects are under-threat.
“By joining the Great British Bee Count you can find out more about the wonderful world of bees, and what you can do to help the plight of the humble bee. The free app includes tips on creating bee-friendly spaces, and will help you find out more about our buzzy friends. So download the app and get spotting!”
To register, download the app anto take part in this year’s Great British Bee Count at www.greatbritishbeecount.co.uk