0 Citizen science app hopes to create buzz for bee survey

Untitled12Organisers of the UK's first nation-wide bee count hope a new smartphone app will create a buzz among the nation's citizen scientists.

They hope thousands of people will log their sightings in order to give scientists a vital insight into the health of bee populations.

There is growing concern about wild bee numbers, as many species have recorded a serious decline in recent years.

Participants can also submit their data on the Great British Bee Count website.

The app - developed by charity Buglife, Friends of the Earth and retailer B&Q - allows users to report the species, number and location of bees they spot between now and the end of August.

The submissions will provide data to the National Biodiversity Network, which collates data from a wide range of national, regional and local organisations in order to provide a comprehensive overview of UK wildlife.

"The data that people collect will do an important job to help scientists fill in the blanks about where bees are thriving and where they are in trouble," explained bumblebee conservation expert Prof Dave Goulson from the University of Sussex.

Andy Atkins, executive director of Friends of the Earth, added: "The great thing is that you do not have to be an expert, everyone can get involved and be part of the generation that helps save our bees."

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