Welcome to Honey Bee Watch!

We are a citizen-science project centered around honey bees — and people like you. As a participant (aka Bee Guardian) who contributes data on honey bees, you'll help us to better understand the biological, behavioral, and environmental traits that support survivorship among untreated and free-living colonies.

There are more than 10 species of honey bees around the world. Striving to collect as much data on each of them as possible, Honey Bee Watch will be a multi-year, global study, starting with a UK-based pilot program focused on Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) and eventually expanding to new regions and including all Apis species.

Our aim is to increase scientific knowledge about all of these species, potentially leading to more sustainable beekeeping practices as well as educational programs and conservation initiatives to engage and inspire the wider public to act locally to protect threatened or endangered populations.

We appreciate your participation.


Western honey bees (Apis mellifera

If you care for or know about untreated colonies or free-living nests of Western honey bees anywhere in the world, consider registering them in our mapping platform. You'll need to sign in to create an account, after which you'll be asked some questions about the colony in order to plot it on the map (look for "Campaigns").
photo © Alexander Wild

Other honey bees (Apis spp.) 

If you care for or know about untreated colonies or free-living nests of Eastern honey bees (Apis cerana), Giant honey bees (Apis dorsata), Dwarf honey bees (Apis florea), or others in the Apis genus, which are located anywhere in the world, register them via this Google Form.
photo © Rison Thumboor


Project Director: Steve Rogenstein at The Ambeessadors
Science Director: Arrigo Moro at University of Galway

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Institute of Bee Health
Vetsuisse Faculty
University of Bern
Schwarzenburgstrasse 161
3003 Bern, Switzerland