Concern for future of bees after fall in honey crop

An article from the BBC has expressed concern about the future of honey bees after a survey showed a “steady decline” in the honey crop.

The British Beekeepers Association says the average yield per hive in England and Wales was down by 2.3lb (1kg) this year from the previous year – and numbers have been dropping for decades.

Wales and south-west England were two of the lowest producers of honey while south-east England was the best.

We would be interested to hear the views of beekeepers in Pembrokeshire as well as other parts of the UK (and beyond) with their experiences!

Asian Hornet alert

Would all beekeepers please be advised of a recent Asian Hornet  (Vespa Velutina) outbreak in Devon. It’s not that far away from the south Wales coast, so it is not inconceivable that it could make its way to us in Pembrokeshire.

It is recommended that you check out the link on the NBU website at http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=208 which also has instructions for making an Asian Hornet Monitoring Trap.

Further advice will follow in due course.

Rundstedt B. Rovillos