Welcome to Honey Bee Watch!

We are an international coalition centered around honey bees — and people like you. As a citizen-science participant (aka Bee Guardian) who contributes data on honey bees, you'll help us to better understand the biological, behavioral, and environmental traits that favor survivorship among free-living and untreated 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 common 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 educational programs, conservation campaigns, and even more sustainable beekeeping practices that eventually engage and inspire the wider public to act locally to protect threatened populations.

We appreciate your participation.


Western honey bees (Apis mellifera

If you know about or care for free-living nests or untreated colonies 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 know about or care for free-living nests or untreated colonies of Eastern honey bees (Apis cerana), Giant honey bees (Apis dorsata), Dwarf honey bees (Apis florea), or others within 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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