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Help a nine-year-old bee fan save her favourite animal

Join the Big Bee Walk on Walthamstow Marshes tomorrow

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Bee fan Bea (credit: Ruth Goldsmith)
20 May 2022

A nine-year-old girl from Walthamstow is organising a charity event to support her favourite animal: the bee.A nine-year-old girl from Walthamstow is organising a charity event to support her favourite animal: the bee.

Bea Burgess, a student at Coppermill Primary School, adores bees so much that she even plans to become a mellitologist - or bee scientist - when she’s older.Bea Burgess, a student at Coppermill Primary School, adores bees so much that she even plans to become a mellitologist - or bee scientist - when she’s older.

On 21st May, the day after World Bee Day, she is hosting a Big Bee Walk at Walthamstow Marshes to raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.On 21st May, the day after World Bee Day, she is hosting a Big Bee Walk at Walthamstow Marshes to raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Walkers will be able to hear knowledge about the bee and their vital role in our ecosystem from Curtis Thompson, Walthamstow’s own Local Honey Man.Walkers will be able to hear knowledge about the bee and their vital role in our ecosystem from Curtis Thompson, Walthamstow’s own Local Honey Man.

Bea said: “I love spotting bees [in my back garden] and have seen many different types so far, including solitary bees, the buff-tailed bumblebee, and quite a few honey bees.Bea said: “I love spotting bees [in my back garden] and have seen many different types so far, including solitary bees, the buff-tailed bumblebee, and quite a few honey bees.

“I’d love to study and learn more about bees and other insects, because I want to protect these animals to save our future. Bees are so important to us humans.”“I’d love to study and learn more about bees and other insects, because I want to protect these animals to save our future. Bees are so important to us humans.”

A third of our food is grown with the help of these pollinators and yet their numbers are declining in the UK due to climate change, disease, loss of habitat and increased pesticide use.A third of our food is grown with the help of these pollinators and yet their numbers are declining in the UK due to climate change, disease, loss of habitat and increased pesticide use.

To boost their population, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust runs direct conservation projects, funds academic and scientific research and provides land management advice.To boost their population, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust runs direct conservation projects, funds academic and scientific research and provides land management advice.

Local Honey Man Curtis added: “What an inspiring young lady! I was really touched when Bea got in contact to invite me along and I jumped at the opportunity to be able to assist in educating people about how important bees are to our environment.”Local Honey Man Curtis added: “What an inspiring young lady! I was really touched when Bea got in contact to invite me along and I jumped at the opportunity to be able to assist in educating people about how important bees are to our environment.”

Join The Big Bee Walk on Walthamstow Marshes tomorrow (21st May) at 2pm. Join The Big Bee Walk on Walthamstow Marshes tomorrow (21st May) at 2pm.

Meet behind Coppermill Fields Car Park on Coppermill Lane; suggested minimum donation £2.50 (cash only).Meet behind Coppermill Fields Car Park on Coppermill Lane; suggested minimum donation £2.50 (cash only).