BeeWalk

Overview

BeeWalk is a standardised bumblebee-monitoring scheme which involves volunteer ‘BeeWalkers’ walking the same fixed route (transect) once a month between March and October, counting the bumblebees seen and identifying them to species and caste (queen, worker, male) where possible.

Established in 2008, and opened to the public in 2010, the twin aims of the scheme are collecting abundance and distribution data on the UK’s bumblebees, and using this data as widely as possible to analyse population trends and carry out other research as appropriate.

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.

For a full summary of progress to date, download the BeeWalk Annual Report 2019.

In collaboration with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and the University of Kent, we have published a paper extending the information that we can extract from BeeWalk data, making it even more useful! Read it here.

The story so far . . 

We have over 1,900 registered users of the BeeWalk website. BeeWalk continues to grow, with a record 559 sites submitting data for 2018 with an extra 55 transects walked in 2018 – an 11% increase on 2017.

BeeWalkers have submitted 120,224 records to BeeWalk to the end of the 2018 season – 26,664 for 2018 alone!

Adopt-a-transect

We have a number of established transects fully set up on the website which are not currently being walked, and are consequently looking for a new BeeWalker.

If you could help increase our number of active transects, please email beewalk@bumblebeeconservation.org.

Collaborators

Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Funding

We would like to thank the following organisations for their financial support:

Redwing Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Belsize Charitable Trust No.1, Rowlands Charitable Trust, Steel Charitable Trust, Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Fund, the Mercers Company, Ratcliff Foundation, a number of small charitable trusts and all those individual donors who supported our 2015 summer fundraising appeal for this project.

Get involved

To register to take part in our BeeWalk scheme, please visit – https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/surveys/.

For more information about the project please contact beewalk@bumblebeeconservation.org

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