Asian Hornet update

One of our bee inspectors advises that she has spent the best part of September in England chasing Asian hornets and the monitoring going on by the public has been variable. The only chance of preventing them from becoming a huge problem is to stop them early.
This is a link to the NBU Asian hornet trap
https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadNews.cfm%3Fid%3D122&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwiB6r7BxNrdAhUGRBoKHfLMDwMQFjAAegQIBRAC&usg=AOvVaw3OJJgtczld3fdegpUk6fy6
Note that Asian hornets are apparently quite hard to ID when they’ve been in a trap for a while, so people need to have a good look.
https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadDocument.cfm%3Fid%3D1111&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjfwNSnx9rdAhWozoUKHRryAW0QFjABegQIChAC&usg=AOvVaw24hja23fncO753eEKcMrEO
The most Asian Hornets have been seen on ivy and other forage, picking off flys and other insects (as this is easier than hawking in front of a hive) so if everyone could spend half an hour every so often watching some forage there’s a chance of spotting them if they’re here.
If anyone does spot something suspect then THEY NEED TO TAKE A PHOTO OR CATCH ONE AND PUT IT IN ALCOHOL OR THE FREEZER. The bee unit and non-native species have had over 4000 reports of Asian hornets that are actually something else (one was a cockroach!) people can also download the Asian hornet app, which has ID info and you can report sightings.

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Pembrokeshire Honey Show 2018

The annual PBKA Honey Show is on this coming Saturday 22nd September 2018 at the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre, Scolton Manor.

The Exhibition Room at the Centre will be open at 9am for entrants (N.B. PBKA members only) and your entries should be available for staging by 10am to allow the judging to start promptly at 11am. We hope to see as many of you as possible put in an entry or two this year, especially after such a fruitful season! See Schedule for the Honey Show 2018

Would all the winners of cups and trophies last year, please ensure they bring them to the Honey Show suitably cleaned!!

Note however, that you don’t have to put in an entry to come along to the Honey Show and we would be delighted to see you if you just want to have a look at the entries, or fancy a cuppa and a chat!

The Honey Show will be open to the public for viewing from 1pm until 3pm.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the Apiary Manager on 07988 037571 or email pbkaapiarymanager@live.co.uk

Best Honey Show for years!

An excellent Honey Show was held on Saturday, with a large number of high-standard entries from across the County! Many congratulations to those that gained a placing, in a frequently close fought competition. And a thanks to everyone who took part and clearly put so much effort in. Well done all!

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Asian Hornet sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull

The BBC report that sightings of the honey bee-killing Asian hornet have been confirmed in Cornwall and East Yorkshire.

Work is under way to identify any nests in Liskeard and Hull, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

The Asian hornet is smaller than the native hornet and poses no risk to human health, but does pose a risk to honey bees.

Inspectors are monitoring areas around the sightings.

Nicola Spence, Defra deputy director for plant and bee health, said: “These sightings in Liskeard and Hull underline the need to remain vigilant.

“I want to encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests and if you think you’ve spotted one, please report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45481353

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