Bees are in trouble - can you help?

Join Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count from 19 May to 30 June 2017, and our free app will get you off to a flying start in identifying and recording different species.

By taking part, 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 – so that ultimately we might reverse their decline.

What's New

Version 4.0.3

4.0.3, 4.0.2, 4.0.1
- Fixed device specific issues & text updates

- New look and feel! To celebrate the 4th year of the Great British Bee Count we've given the app a new lick of paint.
- Since we got so many submissions last year from bee counters across the country, we've added even more species for you to look for in 2017, including some rarer species such as the Shrill carder bee.
- Our new and improved bee factfiles mean you can learn even more about what makes each species special and will allow you to identify your bee faster than before.
- We’ve expanded the list of habitats you can choose from which will help us to gather more meaningful data about how bees are doing.
- There’s a new sighting map so you can now see where bees have been counted - wherever you are in the country!
- We've added in new functionality that means you can continue to spot and identify bees even when the main count is over.

Customer Reviews

Easy to use but hard to identify a bee


I think I've seen hover flys rather than bees
Check the markings and eye colour

Move the Slider button 'none of these' to submit numbers

Parents beware of

Just downloaded to my iPad. I found it confusing at first and couldn't seem to submit my bee sighting. Kept getting error message until I worked out that the 'None of These' button is actually a slider that is movable to record the number of bees seen, of the one type, being submitted. After that there is an option to share a photo either taken on the spot, or saved earlier. Easy when you figure it out, but seems to have caused a lot of confusion to many due to lack of clear instructions. Great educational tool.

Great idea, not so great app


Visually, this app pretty basic. I'm also disappointed in the lack of ability to select the correct species - lumping all black and yellow bumblebees into one category makes it useless in assessing species distribution and most people can at least distinguish between two or three yellow bands. Given that the smaller bees are listed individually this choice seems strange. At least put in the option to take the ID down to species level, and say how confident you are in that. Butterfly Conservation and RSPB seem to manage to do this. Some photos and distribution maps to help people rule out rare species would be nice too. And the ability to enter date of sighting.


86.7 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Friends of the Earth Trust


  • Family Sharing

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

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