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Two more Asian Hornet incursions found in Liskeard & Hull

10 September 2018 Two more sites where an Asian Hornet has been found and confirmed emerged today. Liskeard in Cornwall and the city of Hull. Surveillance activity at both sites is underway.  The National Bee Unit has called for the public to report any suspected Asian Hornets after two further confirmed sightings. At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest that the Cornwall and Hull sightings are linked.  You can find a map of all the Asian Hornet incursions here:  https://www.bbka.org.uk/asian-hornet-map The Asian Hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than bee. Although like all wasps they can repeat sting.  However, they do pose a risk to honeybees and work is already underway to identify any nests in the Liskeard and Hull areas, which includes deploying bee inspectors to visit local beekeepers and setting up monitoring traps. They are monitoring a 1-2km radius around both sitings.  The hornets in Fo...

~ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:16:38 GMT

Asian Hornet trapped in Fowey

4 September 2018 An Asian Hornet was found in a beekeepers monitoring trap in Fowey near the south coast of Cornwall on Friday. Bee Inspectors have been carrying out surveillance and monitoring since, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said. It follows an earlier sighting in Lancashire earlier this year. It was first seen in Jersey in 2016, and has since been seen in north Devon. While the sting from an Asian hornet poses no more threat than to humans than a honey bee, they are extremely defensive of their nests and have a voracious appetite for insects that could cause harm to our ecosystem.  Well-established protocol Nicola Spence, from Defra, said a "well-established protocol" was in place. She said: "That's why we are taking swift and robust action to locate and investigate any nests in the south Cornwall area following this confirmed sighting. "Following the s...

~ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:15:52 GMT

Asian Hornet nest in Fowey found & destroyed

September 7 2018 An Asian Hornet nest has been found in Fowey in Cornwall and destroyed by bee inspectors. It was on Friday 31st August a beekeeper in the Fowey area found 2 Asian Hornets in a trap he'd set up near his beehives. They were positively identified by the Non Native Species Secretariat and a surveillance zone was set up on Tuesday (Sept 4). Killing traps and feeding traps with meat and sweet baits were deployed and there was a lot of  hornet activity around them. By timing their visits back to the bait, inspectors from the National Bee Unit were able to track them back to their nest.  The latest nest found on Jersey ( above )  The nest was detected on Thursday (Sept 6) and destroyed in the evening, when the hornets would have returned to the nest, by using CO2 gas to carry an active ingredient called bendiocarb. The nest was removed this morning at 0700.  It is described as a small nest, about the size of a child's football, and was situated about...

~ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:49:01 GMT

Use Honey first for a cough, new guidelines say

New guidelines for doctors from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) say they should tell patients to use honey first when they have a cough. This is based on 3 studies that showed honey reduces symptoms by 2 points on a 7 point scale. Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend.  Antibiotic resistance This is intended to help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Overusing antibiotics is making infections harder to treat, by creating drug-resistant superbugs.  A hot drink of milk and honey is a very effective remedy for a sore throat.  And honey can be combined also with lemon and ginger for coughs and a sore throat.   Patients are advised to use honey and over-the-counter medicines containing pelargonium, guaifenesin or dextromethorphan and wait for symptoms to improve, before going to a GP.  Most coughs are caused by viruses, which cannot be trea...

~ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:53:19 GMT

Beehives needed for exciting new study

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is very fortunate in being part of a brand new, exciting project to look at the health of honeybees after exposure to chemicals, involving many European countries and funded by the EU.  The project, named PoshBee (pan-European assessment, monitoring and mitigation of stressors on the health of bees) has 9 million Euros to boost global bee health. It is designed to determine the exposure of bees to a range of chemicals and assess the level of pests, diseases and nutritional status and the impacts these may have on the health of honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees in a field realistic way rather than laboratory studies.  Beekeepers will be paid to take part Pam Hunter, BBKA Trustee in charge of research projects, said "This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for some of our members to take part in real scientific experiments and initially we need 30 hives in two sites in Kent and in Berkshire or Oxfordshire fro...

~ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:48:23 GMT

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