Tell us about your bee hotel…
We’re uncovering the secret lives of bee hotels. We started in 2020 with our 3 minute citizen science survey HERE. We’ve partnered with the fabulous Earlham Institute to bring bees to the Royal Society Exhibition in 2021 in a big way and as a part of this project we’re inviting our nation of budding citizen scientists to help us in our quest to make bee hotels better for the bees that rely on them.
Citizen science is important because we all have access to important information that scientists would find it hard to access. Data is ‘crowd-sourced’ so we all do a little to make a big difference.
If you have a bee hotel in your garden we’d love to hear from you… it’s all about getting as many folk as possible to share the secret lives of their bee hotels; not just folk who think they’re experts. The information you provide will make a massive difference to our findings and will help us make bee hotels better for bees. Become a citizen scientist and contribute to our bee review HERE.
We will use the findings of our Bee Hotel Review to design and shape guidance, ‘how to’ videos and campaigns to help us all make the most of all the bee hotels in our gardens, parks and public spaces.
UK Ivy Bee Spotting
Our first mini citizen science project invites people to record Ivy Bee sightings on our iNaturalist project.
Since they were first recorded in the United Kingdom, back in 2001, it’s fair to say that the Ivy Bee (Colettes hederae) has been making itself at home here on these islands and we’re curious to discover how far and wide this bee is spreading.
Recorded sightings have been slowly creeping north from that first sighting in Dorset and the Ivy Bee has now been spotted in south Wales, as far east as Norfolk and to the north in Staffordshire and Shropshire. Help us record how the Ivy Bee is introducing itself to the United Kingdom.
This relatively new bee to UK shores emerges at the end of the summer months to coincide with the arrival of ivy blooms, so it’s not going to be spotted until late August. Once it has emerged it’s likely to be around until early November.
Ivy bees have a distinctive yellow and black striped abdomen and an orangey-brown, hairy thorax. They’re a similar size to a honey bee at around one centimeter. So far in 2019 we have captured over 50 sighting on our iNaturalist project.
Get in touch
Email us at hello (at) saviourbees.co.uk
@saviourbees is our social media handle and our hashtag is #saviourbees (Instagram is the one we use the most)