Asian hornet: Second Fowey nest destroyed

The National Bee Unit has located and destroyed a second Asian hornet nest in Fowey, Cornwall. 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. Investigation work by the National Bee Unit has continued in … Continue reading Asian hornet: Second Fowey nest destroyed

We have a winner – or two!

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!

Not quite right…

I've been rendering and cleaning wax for entering into the honey show, and moulded some wax yesterday to see how it came out. The 8oz blocks were a dismal fail, I must've got some water (probably from steam) into the wax, because this happened; This would have been my entry into class10; Class 10                    One … Continue reading Not quite right…

Spending Money made from honey

Today was the day to collect the new beekeeping equipment I had pre-ordered from E.H Thorne's open day at Stockbridge in Hampshire, it's an hour and a half drive up, but it was a lovely day for it. It was nice to meet several members of the local beekeeping association there too - and the … Continue reading Spending Money made from honey

Asian hornet: Fowey nest destroyed as two new sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull

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

Hornet Nest Hunting in Jersey

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

Asian hornet identified in Cornwall

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

End of season work

I'm taking advantage of the decent weather and painting a load of new poly mating nucs so I think it's time that I tidy up the stands for them too - 'insect friendly' paint being used, of course. I also have some new Maisemore's 6 frame poly nucs to paint. I use Valspar "Oxford Blue' … Continue reading End of season work