BBCT - Walk for Bees 2012 Bumblebee Survey

08th March 2012
In: Nature
I received an e-mail today from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust requesting volunteers for their population survey initiative 'Bee Walk' so I thought I would share the details.

From the e-mail:

Why Walk for Bees?

While previous bumblebee surveys have focused on collating individual records in order to accurately map bumblebee distributions, BeeWalk will be the first scheme to enable us to collect bumblebee abundance data.

This information is integral to monitoring bumblebee population changes and will allow us to detect early warning signs of population declines.

All data collected will contribute to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee populations in response to climate and land-use change.

BeeWalk will be invaluable in helping us to conserve this dramatically declining and much-loved group of buzzing insects.

Methodology: not only is it useful, it's also good fun!

Volunteers will walk a 1-2km route of their own choosing once a month between March and October recording all of the bumblebee species and the number of each species they see.

If you are interested in joining this survey, please read carefully through the BeeWalk starter pack (attached) which includes recording sheets and detailed instructions.

You could choose to upgrade to BeeWalk Pro (info also attached), a more detailed survey in which the flowers that the bees are foraging on are also recorded.

If you feel that you can fully commit to this important survey, email us with your name and address at

With your help, we'll gather enough information on bumblebee populations to steer conservation efforts in the right direction

I have included the attachments they provided in the links below:


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