Spot the bee

Count us in for the #GreatBritishBeeCount with Friends of the Earth.

Our bee friends are in trouble – and they need your help.

There are 250 species of bee in the UK – but 35 of them are under threat of extinction.

That’s one of the big reasons why we sponsored the Great British Bee Count this summer – a fantastic survey run by Friends of the Earth that provides invaluable data on the state of our wild bees.

This year’s survey is now over but that’s no reason to stop spotting. With ongoing recording of bee sightings, scientists will get a better understanding of the numbers and species that need protecting.

It’s absolutely essential to reverse bee decline, as the little critters do so much amazing work. They transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world’s crops, and 90percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees, it would cost UK farmers alone £1.8 billion to pollinate their crops.

There are a number of great schemes, from bee-ginner to expert level where you can record your sightings - all of which aid scientific research and provide data that can be used to help inform those big environmental decisions.

To get involved, simply visit Friends of the Earth where they’ve got all the information you need to help in protecting our fuzzy friends.