Launching the Spot-a-Bee Citizen Science Mobile App & Activity Pack

Issued: Thu, 07 May 2020 13:29:00 BST

The global pandemic means that we are spending time in gardens or walking in local areas. In the stillness of these times, we might tune in to the sights and sounds of the animal world.  In partnership with Cardiff university we have developed an app which can be used to map the location of bee friendly  plants.   We are happy to launch the Spot-a-Bee App and the Spot-a-Bee Activity Pack.

The Spot-A Bee Activity Pack is for children and their parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts and uncles who want to help bees, by looking after their homes. We hope that the activity pack will bring some extra-fun to home-schooling activities across the UK.  The Pack includes an Activity Book full of fun activities that you can do at home to encourage bees into your garden or to the places you go out for a walk. There is something for everyone, whether you like writing or making things, drawing or just getting out and about!

It also includes a Bee-friendly Wildflower Seed Mix, which you can plant in your garden or in a pot and watch grow.

Image of Spot-a-Bee Acticity pack

You are invited to submit photos of plants that bees buzz around in gardens or local spaces via the Spot-a-Bee App, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

Anyone interested in bees and pollination can:

  • Sign-up to become a member of the Spot-a-Bee community.
  • Record their own sightings of bees and bee-friendly plants.
  • Explore the UK-wide photo-map of bee-friendly plants.
  • Sign up to receive learning pack to help bees, by looking after their homes.

Dr Ria Dunkley, at the School of Education, "We want to encourage the public to load the app onto their phones and the next time they go for a walk we would like them to take a picture of any bees feeding on local plants and upload it onto the site.  Using this information, the team will build a map of the bee friendly plant distribution in their local area which will allow us to identify key plants species and to highlight areas where more plants are needed.  It will also allow us to monitor changes over time linked to climate change.  We are also currently working on a booklet of related bee activities, that we are going to be sharing in the next few weeks to help families in lockdown."

If you’d like to receive a free activity pack in the post, please get in touch with your name and postal address either by email (ria.dunkley@glasgow.ac.uk), or through sending us a direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. 

We’d welcome your thoughts and feedback! Please get in touch.

Dr Ria Dunkley, Ria.Dunkley@glasgow.ac.uk

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