Bee spotting in Lincolnshire

The top five in The Great British Bee Count.
The top five in The Great British Bee Count.
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People in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire spotted more than 23,000 bees using a smartphone app as part of the first ever Great British Bee Count this summer.

Count organisers Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q say the region seems to host “a particularly diverse range of bees” with more than a quarter of people reporting seeing four or more different bee species.

In total, thousands of people around the UK logged their sightings of 832,000 bees during the 12-week citizen science project, which aims to build a broader picture of bee health.

Scientists warn that the overall picture for British bees is one of serious decline, with 71 of our 267 species under threat and more than 20 already extinct. They stress the importance of maintaining a wide diversity of bees in order to cross-pollinate many fruits and vegetables.

Last year, scientists revealed that Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire now supports an important population of Tormentil Mining Bees, which have disappeared from an estimated 50 per cent of sites since 1970 as a result of intensified farming and urban development.

Survey results showed that allotments provided habitats where the most numbers of bees were seen per count: an average of 12 compared to countryside (10), garden (8), school grounds and parks (7 each) and roadsides (4).

Yellow and black bumblebees (including buff-tailed, garden and white-tailed bumblebees) were the most spotted type of bee in all regions at 304,857 sightings.

Honey bees were the second most seen in all regions, with 193,837 sightings, followed by the tree bumblebee, which was the third most spotted, with 69,369 observations, and many of these ginger-tufted bees were found nesting in bird boxes.