Weʼve raised £300 to save the Cornish Black Honey Bee. Money's will support a PhD collaboration with Plymouth University and Mount Edgcumbe Park Bee Reserve.
- Rame, United Kingdom
- Gardens and environment
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- Funded on Sunday, 30th April 2017
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The B4 Project Saving Our Native Black Honey Bee
The B4 Project is a Community Interest Company representing a group of beekeepers whose aim is to protect the UK’s native honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera.
The Heritage Lottery Fund supported a partnership between B4, Eden, Paignton Zoo, Heligan, and Paradise Park, enabling B4 to commission preliminary genetic research which revealed that, while there has been a great deal of hybridisation, Cornwall still retained some relatively pure specimens of Apis mellifera mellifera.
B4 now has a mixture of apiaries, mating apiaries and observation hives at Eden, Heligan, Paignton Zoo, Paradise Park, Godolphin, Occombe Farm, Plymouth University, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Tregantle Fort, Cockington Manor House, The Duchy Nursery and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Black Bee Reserve.
Natural Environment Research Council PhD research project. Plymouth University and B4 are embarking on an exciting 4½ year collaboration, which includes PhD and MSc studentships. The PhD studentship is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and will investigate local adaptation in UK populations of the dark honey bee.
This collaboration will involve using the latest in genetic screening techniques as well as looking at colony traits with different genetic signatures.
We will also investigate the feasibility of using cryopreserved sperm as an archive of genetic material for safeguarding present day genetic variation.
Kurt Jackson's exhibition, “Bees (And the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet”.... opens on the 25th March St Just. B4-Plymouth University will be represented.
Tim Smit and Michael Eavis will open Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Black Bee Reserve 2pm Thursday 25/05/17 at the French Conservatory.
The public bee display will improve the indigenous stock of these rare bees and will be the public interface of the Black Bee Reserve at the Park.
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Apr 30, 2017
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Apr 4, 2017
Andrew I am a firm believer in maintaining biodiversity in the ecosystem. The profit motive is slowly converting all areas of production into unsustainable mono cultures.
Mar 13, 2017
I hope you reach it to help with our native honey bee
Feb 28, 2017
Feb 28, 2017
We should all be encouraging bees.
Feb 28, 2017
Well done AB
Feb 27, 2017
Go Andy x
About the fundraiser
Rame, United Kingdom
Andrew Brown is the Secretary of the B4Project, dentist and non-academic supervisor of a Natural Environment Research Council PhD project with Plymouth University. Andrew is a member of the Soil Association and manages a Natural England Higher Level Organic Stewardship.
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