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Sustrans volunteer BeeWalkers: Help us monitor bumblebees on the National Cycle Network in Scotland



Are you passionate about the National Cycle Network and about protecting bumblebees?

We are looking for volunteers to take over existing BeeWalk transects on traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network, and help us to contribute data to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

BeeWalk is a national recording scheme run by Bumblebee Conservation Trust using volunteers to monitor the abundance of bumblebees across the UK.

Sustrans has formed a partnership with Bumblebee Conservation Trust to encourage BeeWalks on traffic-free sections of National Cycle Network, which act as green corridors.

We currently have transects available on the following routes:

  • Edinburgh (National Route 75)
  • Dumfries & Galloway near Creetown (National Route 7)
  • Falkirk / Glasgow (National Route 754)
  • North Lanarkshire near Caldercruix (National Route 75)
  • Renfrewshire near Howwood & Johnstone (National Route 7)
  • Stirling near Croftamie (National Route 7)
  • West Dunbartonshire (National Route 7)
  • West Lothian near Blackridge/Bathgate (National Route 75)

Not sure where the National Cycle Network is in your area? Use our online map to find out.

How does BeeWalk work?

Volunteers identify and count the bumblebees they see on an hour’s walk each month from March to October. It can be a very pleasant way to spend an hour or two on a sunny day.  

Where do I get help in identifying bumblebees?

Sustrans can provide simple guides, or you can undertake basic bumblebee ID training with us or Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

How do I record what I see?

We can help you to get registered on the BeeWalk website where you input your results each month.

These go to Bumblebee Conservation Trust to allow them to detect early warning signs of population declines, and to Sustrans to help us understand what wildlife is using the Network.

If you would be interested in taking on a BeeWalk transect on the National Cycle Network, please contact Laura White, Scotland Volunteer Co-ordinator (Routes) on [email protected]