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You can help us find our bumblebees! Bumblebees are declining across the country, and to better understand why and to target our conservation efforts, we need data – lots of data – on where we can find the remaining bees and how many there are.
BeeWalk is a national recording scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to monitor the abundance of bumblebees on transects across the country. These transects would be impossible without volunteers, who identify and count the bumblebees they see on a monthly walk along a set route from March to October.
Anyone can become a BeeWalker – all you need is some basic identification knowledge and a spare few hours or so every month to walk a fixed route of about a mile (you choose where it goes), and submit your sightings.
The information collected by BeeWalk volunteers is integral to monitoring how bumblebee populations change through time, and will allow us to detect early warning signs of population declines. All data collected will contribute to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee population changes in response to changes in land-use and climate change, and, ultimately, to informing how we manage land for bumblebees.
If you're in Ireland, either Northern or the Republic, the National Biodiversity Data Centre run an equivalent scheme at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/record-biodiversity/surveys/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme
Covid-19 - BeeWalk surveys should only be undertaken if it is safe and legal to do so and if you are comfortable carrying out your transect walk. It is essential that everyone taking part follows the latest Government advice regarding Covid-19 restrictions (see links below). It is important to note, regulations differ across the UK. If you are in a location of heightened risk (such as active testing for a new variant) please exercise extreme caution. Useful links: England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey