English honeybees suffered badly this winter The annual survey carried out by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) to measure winter survival of honeybees shows that losses almost doubled from the 13% reported in 2016/7 to 25% or a quarter of colonies being lost in 2017/8. A significant cause of the increased losses was the more … Continue reading BBKA 2017 Winter Loss Survey Results
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MOST scientific research follows a logical progression, with one experiment following up on the findings of another. Every now and then, however, serendipity plays a part. Such is the case with a paper just published in Current Biology, which reveals to the world a moth capable of chewing up plastic.
EU member states have voted by qualified majority to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops. The vote follows a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which found that the pesticides posed a threat to many species of bees, no matter where or how they were used in the outdoor environment. … Continue reading EU bans neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops
East Dorset Beekeepers Association (EDBKA) ran an outdoor practical training session at the association's apiary today, for new and aspiring beekeepers, and for members who are taking the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) basic assessment this year. Mark White, Chris Williams and myself lead the new-bee groups on opening and inspecting hives. There was also a … Continue reading EDBKA Practical Training
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of a single Asian hornet in Lancashire. More information can be found in the Defra Press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire Further guidance on the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase including an Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster . We have written a monitoring trap for … Continue reading Confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet in Lancashire
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon. The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees. This is the first confirmed sighting since … Continue reading Asian Hornet