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.”
A limited number of 1 lb / 454 g honey jars are still available for PBKA members only and include gold coloured metal lids at £22.00 per 72. Contact Paul on 07988 037571.
You may also wish to note that John Dudman, former PBKA member and Secretary, provides the labels for Scolton honey and also supplies a number of individual PBKA members. He can supply quantities from a few as ten labels up to 1000. Standard designs are available or if you have a favourite photograph or drawing you would like to use on a label he can work with you to produce your own unique design. There are no set up costs, you pay just for the labels and delivery. He will make sure that your label meets current legal requirements and can provide advice on lot numbering and best before dates. Bespoke tamper evident labels are also available and labels can be provided for any product e.g. beeswax polish. His competitively priced labels are supplied on A4 sheets, designed using desk top publishing software and printed on a high quality laser printer to give an easy to handle, smudge free finish. Turnaround from first contact to you receiving your labels is usually just a few days. Visit John’s website at http://www.bespokelabels.net for more information.
Significant quantity of empty 14kg syrup food grade plastic drums, free to a good home. For details contact Jeremy on 07799 698568, or Paul on 07988 037571.
Would PBKA members please note the following apiary meetings for the remainder of the season:
Beginner’s apiary meeting at Rhos – Sunday 26th August @ 2pm
Improvers last meeting of the season at Scolton – Sunday 2nd September @2pm
Beginner’s last apiary meeting of the season at Rhos – Sunday 9th September @ 2pm
(Note: the meeting on Sunday 9th September is not a joint meeting at Scolton, as previously advised)
Please note that Invertbee syrup is now available at a significantly discounted rate for PBKA members only. This syrup is ideal for winter feeding and is superior to sugar syrup. Fondant also available. For further details and to order, please ring Jeremy Percy on 07799 698568 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org