Boaters navigating Britain's waterways are being asked to report any bees they see by British Waterways

Boatowners navigating Britain’s waterways are being asked to report any bees they see. The request comes from British Waterways whose 2009 Wildlife Survey is supported by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

British Waterways is keen to stress that knowledge of different types of bee is not required – all reports will be collated to establish locations of high bee density which can then be visited by experts in the field. Three of Britain’s native species of bumblebee are now nationally extinct, and a further six species have been identified by the Government as being at crisis point.

The 2009 survey is not just about bees, however, and British Waterways is keen to hear of all creatures that have been counted on its waterways, and where. Sighting reports can be made online at www.waterscape.com/wildlife-survey-2009/survey-form