Take a walk to take action
BeeWalk is a national recording scheme to monitor the abundance of bumblebees across the UK. The survey would be impossible without volunteers like you, 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.
We’ll help as much as possible with identification – we’ve got 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.
For more information, visit the BeeWalk website at www.beewalk.org.uk to sign up. You can register via the Home page or through Resources. You can also access the BeeWalk guidelines document via Resources or download it below.
If you have already registered your interest, here are the documents you will need to get started.
The BeeWalk guidelines document gives full instructions on how to set up, reigster and begin surveying your transect. The Site Description (F1) and Monthly Recording (F2) forms are used for reporting your transect details and survey results to us. Information on how to use those is contained in the guidelines document.
For guidance on using photographs to help identify bumblebees, click here.
"We are facing a fundamental problem with the decline of bees and other pollinators. They have an absolutely crucial role in pollinating many of our important crops - without them we will face higher food costs and potential shortages."
Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive