Get snappy and help to track Britain's bumblebees

Are you a keen photographer? We need your help to map the distributions of our bumblebees, particularly the rarer species.

All you need to do is take digital photographs of any unusual species that you see and upload them by clicking the logo below and creating a free login. Please note that this login is separate from any login you may have for the BBCT website as the BeeWatch tool is administered for BBCT by the University of Aberdeen.

BeeWatch bumblebee survey


The BeeWatch tool will guide you through some easy questions to help identify the bumblebee in your photo. Once your photo has been verified by one of our experts we will email you back to let you know just how good your bumblebee ID skills are! BeeWatch also gives you the opportunity to help identify other peoples' photos, which is a great way to improve your own ID skills.

If your photo is clear enough for a definite identification it will become a record on the National Biodiversity Network website where it will help scientists and politicians to track bumblebee distributions.

There is no commitment to submit a certain number of photos, so it doesn't matter whether you've only got one photo or you have been madly snapping away at every bumblebee you see. So, upload your photos today and help us to track which species are found in every corner of the country.

“Bumblebees are lovely little creatures - their bright stripes and gentle buzz bring colour and sound to our summer gardens. They are also very important because they pollinate our wildflowers and crops. Sadly things aren't going well and some species are threatened with extinction.
I'm really concerned by these declines and I'm pleased to support the work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust." 

Kate Humble
TV presenter

Kate Humble
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