Rosie Edmundson, a 9 year old from Bewdley in Worcestershire, has raised the amazing sum of £85 to help the BBKA fund research into how to help honeybees.

She’s a keen member of her local Brownie pack and has been very concerned about endangered animals.

Rosie and her little sister

Last year Rosie 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.

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 and she doesn’t leave her little sister out!

You can help us with the work we do by donating via our JustGiving page .

Rosie and her t-shirt design and their wonderful duck house

Honeybees are under threat

Honey bees are under threat and feral colonies appear to be in decline. In order to understand why, we need to undertake 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 urban and rural foraging bees.

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 to the hive. 

If you want to support us and don’t have the time to raise funds like Rosie you can Adopt a Beehive and you can find out more about that here: