BeeWalk is a national recording scheme to monitor the abundance of bumblebees across the UK organised by Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The survey would be impossible without volunteers, who identify and count the bumblebees they see on an hour’s walk each month from March to October. It can be a very pleasant way to spend an hour or two on a sunny day.
Anyone can become a BeeWalker – all you need is a spare hour or so every month to walk a fixed route of about a mile (you choose where it goes), and send us your sightings. It’s essential that the route is fixed to allow direct comparisons of bumblebee population trends over time.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust will help as much as possible with identification – the charity has ID resources online and on paper, or you can photograph your mystery species and upload them to our BeeWatch site, or to the BBCT forum where you’ll also find a community of fellow bumblebee enthusiasts.
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.
We hope you’ll be able to join in – without the fundamental information provided by volunteers across the country, we’re fighting blind in the struggle to reverse the plight of the bumblebee.