Want to save the bees, well there is an App for that,
Friends of the Earth have just launched their yearly Great British Bee Count App. between the 17th of may to the 30th of June this yearly bee hunt will be uniting a nation in its love for the outdoors and saving its' bees. Despite them being some of the most iconic invertebrates they are in dire need of help. These animals have been hit hard from a range of issues, from honey bees colony collapse disorder and the verroa mite, to solitary bees habitats constantly shrinking. With the State of Nature showing decline in many species, these iconic animals have not been lucky enough to escape this global decline. The decline of Bees, and invertebrates in general, has been highlighted in the media for years and finally the world is taking notice, from the media storm following the German study, to the news that the EU Member States are endorsing a proposal to completely ban Neonicotinoid insecticides, heavily linked to the declining numbers of pollinators.
"If we and the rest of the backboned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if they were to disappear, the land's ecosystems would collapse. The soil would lose its fertility. Many of the plants would no longer be pollinated. Lots of animals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals would have nothing to eat. And our fields and pastures would be covered with dung and carrion. These small creatures are within a few inches of our feet, wherever we go on land – but often, they're disregarded. We would do very well to remember them." Sir David Attenborough
Currently in its fifth year, this ambitious survey is a way for conservationists to gather large swaths of data on these animals that otherwise would take years to collect. Around 16,000 people downloaded the app in 2017 gathering a staggering 320,000 records on a range of bee species. Once this data has been verified and entered into the National Biodiversity Network Atlas database, it can then be used to understand how these animals are fairing across the UK.
''Did you know that there are over 250 different kind of bees in the UK.''
Our free app will help you identify and record different species. You'll also get a handy bee-friendly plant guide, and tips for creating pollinator habitats.
Every third time we lift a fork at the dining table, we should really thank our pollinators. Many people take them for granted but without them, experts estimate we would be without 30 per cent of the food we eat. Unfortunately, habitat loss, the use of pesticides and disease mean that particularly bees, a major pollinator, are more threatened than ever before. Between 17 May and 30 June, the organisers of the Great British Bee Count (GBBC) are asking people to help by using a free app to identify and record common and easily identifiable bees.