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!

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

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

An Inspector (or 5!) came calling…

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…

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 … Continue reading Use Honey first for a cough, new guidelines say

The Asian Hornet: a giant threat to British beekeeping

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

New Information about Chalkbrood

Most beekeepers will be familiar with the fungal disease chalkbrood, which is generally considered to be only of minor importance, but it remains a mysterious disease, and in some areas can be devastating. In a new paper published in the Journal of Apicultural Research, Dafu Chen and colleagues from the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, … Continue reading New Information about Chalkbrood

BBKA 2017 Winter Loss Survey Results

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