- Photographers needed to map bee populations
- June 29, 2012 | 0 Responses
Keen photographers are being urged to help scientists and conservationists map the UK's bumblebee population.
The University of Aberdeen is developing a new web tool in partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) and is looking for participants to submit photographs of bumblebees and their location.
People can upload their snaps to the BeeWatch system on the BBCT website and it is hoped the data will help generate an accurate map of the locations of the insects across the UK.
The country is home to 24 species of bumblebee and Dr Rene van der Wal of the university's School of Biological Sciences explained there are "big holes" in knowledge of where some species are located and long-term population trends.
"We want everyone to have a go at identifying the bumblebees in their local area at home, work, or in the park," added Dr Annie Robinson of the university's dot.rural Research Councils UK Digital Economy Research Hub.
People might want to check their camera insurance policy to check they are covered if the damage their equipment while seeking out bumblebees and the BBCY has urged people in Scotland to be on the lookout for the Tree Bumblebee, which arrived in the UK 11 years ago had has been slowly moving north.