BBKA News

2018 Honey Harvest is third bigger than last years

22 October 2018 The annual honey survey by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) shows honeybees survived the difficult climate this year and produced a crop of honey a third bigger than last years. The results show that the honey crop was, on average, just over 30lbs of honey per hive, or just under 14 kilos  across England and Wales. It was a difficult year in climactic terms with a very cold snap nicknamed the Beast from the East halting the honey gathering in Spring and then a long drought in many parts of the country which meant plants with shallow roots stopped producing nectar.  While regions which traditionally have the biggest crop of honey, the East and South East, saw increases to 41 and 36lbs of honey per hive respectively, Welsh beekeepers reported an exceptionally improved crop, with over double the amount of honey compared to last year at 31.4lbs per hive, thanks largely to the long, warm summer. Calwyn Glastonbury, a beekeeper in the Usk Valley who ...

~ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:26:32 GMT

2 Asian Hornets found in 2 days at Dungeness in Kent

15th October 2018 It's just been confirmed that two Asian Hornets have been found in Dungeness in Kent over the weekend. One was on ivy in someone's garden and the other was found at the Dungeness Bird Observatory.  Members of the Animal and Plant Health Agency have visited the sites to collect the hornets and Bee Inspectors are in the area setting traps.  The first hornet was found in a garden and lured down to a bait tray on Saturday 13th.  The second Asian Hornet ( in the main picture on this page ) was seen feeding on ivy at the Dungeness Bird Observatory on Sunday 14th October and was captured.  -ends- 

~ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:12:08 GMT

Defra Minister praises beekeepers for raising alarm about Asian Hornets

11 October 2018  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State responsible for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, has written to BBKA President Margaret Murdin to thank the BBKA for raising awareness about Asian Hornets. 6 nests have been destroyed since 2016 and most were identified by vigilant beekeepers. The letter also says Lord Gardiner is 'very encouraged' that some of our "most concerned members have initiated Asian Hornet Action Teams to help beekeepers take samples/photographs of hornets to enable the National Bee Unit (NBU) to act swiftly to deal with this pest." The Minister points out that October is when any nests are reaching maturity and sending out foundress Queens to raise the next generation of hornets. This increase in activity as the leaves are falling off the trees should make their nests more prominent.  Lord Gardiner says thanks for your continued vigilance and please pass on any sightings as quickly as possible to the NBU.  -ends- ...

~ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:10:24 GMT

Jersey has found 52 Asian Hornet nests so far

4th October 2018 The island of Jersey's local Asian Hornet Hunters,  with the assistance of trainee hunters from across the UK,  have found, destroyed or prevented 52 primary and secondary Asian Hornet nests so far this year with almost equal numbers being in trees and buildings.  1.5 million hornets  Nigel Errington, the recently appointed States of Jersey Asian Hornet Co-ordinator, estimates that "thee 52 nests would have produced around 10,400 queens (based on the generally accepted figure of 200 queens produced by each nest).  "Given the high winter mortality of queens and if only 2.5% survived the winter this would have potentially led to Jersey having 260 nests next year.  "Based on 260 nests having an average hornet content, at high season, of 6000 hornets per nest this would mean they could, hypothetically, produce a hornet count over a year of around 1.5 Million hornets! Each hornet starts life as a grub who only eats protein in the form of ...

~ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:16:48 GMT

Second Hampshire Asian Hornet nest destroyed near Brockenhurst

1st October 2018   A second Asian Hornet nest has been destroyed in Hampshire. This one was near Brockenhurst in the south of the county.  This brings the total number of nests destroyed in England over two years to 6.  National Bee Unit (NBU) inspectors are still investigating reports of Asian Hornets in the Southampton area and in the Guildford area.  It's very important that members of the public and beekeepers keep alert for any unusual visitors to their gardens. The weather is still warm enough for bees to fly and so that means that wasps and hornets can also keep flying to gather food.  The first nest in New Alresford in Hampshire was discovered when a member of the public told a beekeeper that there were some 'very funny looking wasps' on the rotting fruit in the orchard. They turned out to be Asian Hornets so clearly rotting fruit will attract them as will prey like wasps and bees who are gathering nectar from ivy at the moment.  The NBU...

~ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:27:51 GMT

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