30 November 2018
9 year old Rosie Edmundson was ‘over the moon’ to receive the British Beekeepers Association President’s Prize for 2018 during morning assembly today.
Rosie, who attends Bewdley Primary School in Worcestershire, has been collecting money this year to help honeybees. The President’s Prize is given to an individual who has done something special to help bees.
Margaret Murdin, who is the BBKA’s President, travelled to her school to present her with a certificate and a shopping voucher that she can use to buy herself something she really wants.
Rosie is a keen member of her local Brownie pack and has been very concerned about endangered animals.
Last year she raised £96 to help them but this year she has concentrated on honeybees and raised £85!
She has been printing her own T-shirts to sell and helped decorate a duck house with bees in a meadow for a competition she entered.
Her mum, Lynsey, said “Rosie is a quiet, thoughtful girl who worked hard to raise the money because she decided she had to do something to help the bees.
“Rosie was absolutely over the moon and could not believe someone had visited her school for her. I loved being able to watch. So proud. I want to thank you so much for taking an interest in what she’s doing and rewarding her. She is a very good and very quiet little girl so it is just wonderful that she had this recognition and special moment.”
The BBKA would like to thank her very much for doing all this- she’s an absolute star!
You can see from the pictures how much she radiates the joy she gets from raising funds for nature.
You can help us with the work we do by donating via our Just Giving page
Honeybees are under threat
Honeybees are under threat and feral colonies appear to be in decline. In order to understand why, we need to back the right scientific research.
This year, the BBKA has sponsored research into what makes some honeybees tolerate varroa mites or work out ways to expel them from their colonies.
We are supporting work to see if there are differences between what urban and rural bees forage.
Accelerometers are being placed in hives to see if the pattern of vibrations relates to the cycle of rearing new honeybees.
Another bit of research is investigating whether QR codes on the backs of bees and a camera that can read them can be a cheaper way of monitoring behaviour at the entrance of the hive.
If you want to support us and don’t have the time to raise funds like Rosie you can Adopt a Beehive here: https://www.bbka.org.uk/adopt-a-beehive-info