BeeWalk Survey Scheme

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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 lots of data on where we can find them 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, aswell as contributing to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee population changes in response to changes in land-use and climate change.

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).  If you are in a location of heightened risk (such as active testing for a new variant) please exercise extreme caution. Useful links: EnglandWalesScotlandIsle of ManBailiwick of JerseyBailiwick of Guernsey

This website uses an Indicia Data Warehouse hosted by the Biological Records Centre (a group within the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).