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Bumblebees are in trouble, they 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, how many there are and what they’re doing.

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 hour 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 the countryside.

Covid-19 update 26th August -  Please observe any locally imposed restrictions. Ensure travel to your site and walking your transect allows you meet social distancing measures at all times. Some sites may still be closed or subject to other restrictions to ensure public safety. Where appropriate, check landowners/managers are happy for you to resume. Anyone self-isolating or shielding should not walk their transect. There is no pressure to resume your transect, only do so if you feel absolutely comfortable doing so.

Nation-specific official advice on remaining safe outdoors can be found here for England, here for Scotland, and here for Wales.

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

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