There are almost 360 bee species in the Netherlands. But more than half of these are endangered. Bees are important for pollination. 80% of our edible crops and almost 90% of our wild plants are pollinated by bees and other insects. In 2021, more than 10.000 people took part in the National Bee Count. In total, despite the cold spring, they counted more than 190.000 bees and hover flies. The high number of counters again this year is good news for the wild bee. Everyone is becoming more and more aware of the importance of wild bees and wants to commit to it. The annual garden count contribute to research into wild bees in the Netherlands. It gives new insights into, for example, the differences between regions, or the urban environment and the countryside.
Bees are important for pollination
Did you know about 5 years in a row should be counted in order to clarify trends in bee populations in gardens and to exclude influences such as weather. The more we know about bees, the better we can help them. That is why it’s so important to participate in this national bee survey. Would you like to participate this year? Contribute to the protection of the wild bee and join the National Bee Count 2022 is in the weekend of April 23th & 24th.
How: The national bee count website
When: 23th and 24th of April
Website: The Pollinators