Bees are in trouble - can you help?

Join Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count from 17 May to 30 June 2018, and our free app will get you off to a flying start in identifying and recording different species.

By taking part in our big bee survey, you'll learn more about our precious pollinators and easy ways to help them. Plus, you’ll be helping us build a better understanding of the nation’s bee populations.

Your sightings will help experts learn more about different bee species across the UK.

What's New

Version 5.0

What’s new in Version 5
• Easier identification with more photos and information about each bee listed
• A bee-friendly plant guide
• Keep up to date with the progress of the Count with notifications and updates
• Share your individual bee sightings with your followers

Ratings and Reviews

3 out of 5

45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Good Idea but ....


Great idea and worked really well till about a hundred thousand bees had been counted in total then the app seemed to be overloaded and would not allow sharing! The map facility was extremely temperamental as well. I would’ve liked to have seen a better display of selected photos which were cut in half by the app. Also a greater selection of bees. Why weren’t blue masons shown separately for instance? I kept having to select the not listed option for common bees that I knew the name of. I could’ve selected 3 or 4 photos for each bee to give a better ID of some unknown ones but this option not available. Notifications could’ve been used to feed back info to all users on problems and for confirmed sightings of rare bees. Instead it just fed back numbers sighted which was shown anyway on face page. Let’s please get this app functioning smoothly and effectively.

Worthwhile but a could be easier to use...


The previous version was more user friendly, I can see that it will be useful to gain more detailed info regarding environment and weather, however it’s not possible to add multiple bee types in one go. For example, if you see two carder bees and an early bumblebee at the same time in the same place, you have to add the carder bees, then input location, environment, and weather info, then start again for the early bumblebee and input location, environment, and weather info again (even though it’s the same info), this can be tedious and I often find myself inputting one or two bees then giving up. I’m sure that this is something that could be rectified quite simply, hopefully the developer is aware of this issue.

Almost impossible to operate


This app is an excellent idea but far too complex and too user-hostile to be able to use in the field, particularly with a phone. The print is too small for anyone without 20-20 vision. Too much information is demanded and the means of feeding information into the device in the field is confusing, irritating and finally exasperating.

No doubt there are people happy to record bee sightings using this method. But it doesn’t suit me. Trying to submit my first sighting after downloading the app took nearly 15 minutes. The pictures it bossily told me to take have vanished anyway, and I couldn’t upload one just shot with my ordinary phone camera.

The online recording system – not app – for BTO volunteer recorders is much better. Like so many phone apps, this one is counterproductive for idiots like me. A great pity because decline in insect populations is a hugely important issue and the more everyone can do to provide accurate information, the better.

Please redesign this app and make it more user-friendly for next year.


90.1 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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