Help map the bumblebees of Britain

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is asking for public involvement in an online web-tool named BeeWatch, which is designed to map the location of Britain’s bumblebee population.

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The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is asking for public involvement in an online web-tool named BeeWatch, which is designed to map the location of Britain’s bumblebee population.

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Bumblebees are some of nature’s key pollinators, and it remains poorly understood which species are located throughout the country.

Despite bumblebee numbers having dropped significantly, due to changes in landscape and the loss of flower-rich meadows, there are still 24 different species across the UK.

This year, the short-haired bumblebee was reintroduced into the countryside after 20 years of absence, and since the tree bumblebee arrived in 2001, it has been rapidly expanding northwards.

The public are now being asked to help chart the bumblebees they see in their area, and upload photos onto the BeeWatch website.

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If you’d like to be involved, remember to take a camera with you whenever you are visiting the countryside or relaxing in the garden, and upload your photos here.