A very good first ever honey show for Lytchett Bay Apiaries, and I won what I considered to be the creme-de-la-creme, first prize for my honey in the Commercial Section. I got two First places for honey, a second for honey, a second place for Honey cake, a second for photography, a third place for … Continue reading We have a winner – or two!
Two more sightings of Asian hornets have been confirmed and surveillance activity is underway. Published 10 September 2018 From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Lord Gardiner of Kimble The National Bee Unit has called for the public to report any suspected Asian hornets after two further confirmed sightings in Liskeard, Cornwall and … Continue reading Asian hornet: Fowey nest destroyed as two new sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull
The BBKA recently published an article about searching for Asian Hornet nests on the Island of Jersey. This shows the difficulties they are having, and just how quickly the spread of the invasive hornet is taking place. This does not bode well for the mainland UK, with an Asian Hornet recently having been captured alive … Continue reading Hornet Nest Hunting in Jersey
An Asian hornet has been found in Cornwall and surveillance activity is underway. Published 4 September 2018 From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Animal and Plant Health Agency, and Lord Gardiner of Kimble The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall. This … Continue reading Asian hornet identified in Cornwall
I had a visit from the National Bee Unit today, two bee inspectors and 3 auditors (why are there always more bean counters?). The auditors were checking that the bee inspectors carried out their work as per ISO standard, and that they were using and filling in the correct paperwork. The National Bee Unit (NBU) … Continue reading An Inspector (or 5!) came calling…
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 … Continue reading Use Honey first for a cough, new guidelines say
Asian hornets are exceptionally aggressive predators of our native insects but they pose no greater threat to human health than our native wasps and hornets, writes Ann Chilcott, Scottish Expert Beemaster. Around the world, there are 22 species of hornets (Vespa) and 23 species of wasps (Vespula) from the order hymenoptera. All hornet species are … Continue reading The Asian Hornet: a giant threat to British beekeeping
The telling of the bees is a traditional European custom in which bees would be told of important events in their keeper's lives, such as births, marriages, or departures and returns in the household. If the custom was omitted or forgotten and the bees were not "put into mourning" then it was believed a penalty … Continue reading Telling the Bees
My honey for sale sign always attracts a lot of attention - some of it unwanted. I've had to replace the screw eyes and chain with heavy duty one's, as somebody has been trying to cut them to steal the sign. The base has 2 paving slabs in it, so it's (hopefully) too heavy to … Continue reading Thieving gits!
Via John De Carteret on Facebook. This mornings catch at my St Saviour Apiary (that's bee hives to those of you who don't know the term) another three of our Asian friends turned up. Just in case you don't get the point of all this, and think they're cuddly insects...here it is the 6mm long, … Continue reading More bad news in Jersey