Stuck for things to do with the kids over the summer holidays? Well why not try becoming the first person in Scotland to spot a Tree Bumblebee?
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is calling on members of the public all over the UK to help map the geographic ranges of the 24 different species of bee that call the UK home – including the Tree bumblebee which experts predict may appear north of the border this summer.
To take part, all you need to do is take a photo of any bee you see and submit it to the BeeWatch website here.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s CEO, Dr. Ben Darvill, is excited about the possibilities:
“There are 24 different species of bumblebee in the UK, with a variety of differently striped patterns. It is exciting to think what might be waiting to be discovered in gardens up and down the UK.
“There is a very real chance of unearthing the first record for a county, region or even country. For example, the distinctive Tree Bumblebee arrived in the UK in 2001 in Hampshire and is spreading rapidly. It is now lined up along the Scottish border – waiting to invade! Someone out there will be the first person to see the Tree bumblebee in Scotland.”
“It is easy to spot – the only bumblebee that is brown, black and white – the colours of a muddy penguin.”
We look forwards to finding out which bees there might be in Leith.