Revolutionary bee tracking research project featured on BBC Countryfile

BBC Countryfile

From left: Dr Paul Cross, Matt Baker and Jake Shearwood (BBC Countryfile, August 2018)

On Sunday 26th August 2018, a Bangor University KESS 2 project researching bee tracking was featured on BBC One’s topical programme Countryfile. Academic supervisor Dr Paul Cross and PhD candidate Jake Shearwood spoke to Matt Baker about the research and development of technology for tracking bees by the means of revolutionary miniature electronic devices, or ‘backpacks’, which are attached to individual bees to monitor their movements as they gather pollen.

Dr Paul Cross commented, “Our Countryfile feature generated a lot of online interest and we were contacted by potential collaborators on our future Asian hornet tracking project. Generating these contacts will accelerate our impact on the public conscious and increase the need to understand how our pollinators explore the landscape.”

The PhD project, which is supported by European Social Funds (ESF) and company partners BIBBA, is an industry based collaboration with the view to discover more about bee movements and behaviour. This in turn will play a part in the future safeguarding of bees.

You can watch the 6 minute article at the beginning of the Countryfile programme by following this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bhngt9 (1:45 – 6:14)

Get involved…

Interested in taking part in this fascinating research? A fully funded KESS 2 PhD scholarship vacancy is available with the project, follow this link to find out more and apply! http://kess2.ac.uk/buk298/