An Asian hornet has been found in Lancashire and surveillance activity is underway.
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Bury area of Lancashire. It was spotted by a member of the public in a cauliflower, which has since been traced back to Boston, Lincolnshire.
Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said:
While the Asian Hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to locate and investigate any nests in the Bury and Boston areas following this confirmed sighting.
Following the successful containment of the Asian hornet incursion in North Devon last year, we have a well-established protocol in place to eradicate them and control any potential spread.
We remain vigilant across the country, working closely with the National Bee Unit and their nationwide network of bee inspectors.
Bee inspectors from APHA National Bee Unit will be carrying out surveillance and monitoring in a 1-2 km radius around the initial sighting. Additional monitoring and surveillance will be carried out in the Boston area where the cauliflower was grown.
Defra are seeking to develop a greater understanding of queen replacement practices currently carried out by beekeepers in England. At the link below you will find a short survey which we encourage all beekeepers to complete.
The results of this survey will be factored into our consideration of future support options for English beekeepers.
Your assistance in improving our knowledge of this practice is greatly appreciated.
The survey will remain open until 16th April 2018.
The start of another new year with plenty of upcoming events, news and advice
Please find the Western Region Annual Report for 2017 for you to download as a Word document here: 2017 Western Region Annual Report
The Report attempts to round up the season in our area, with a look at a couple of things happening across the water.
I hope you find it of interest.
Regional Bee Inspector, Western England
(covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire)
National Bee Unit
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Many Beekeepers offer a voluntary collection service for swarms of bees. For details of these Beekeepers please click here…
Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings. See below for more information about bumble bees.
Swarming is a natural process by which bees colonies reproduce. Normally when bees swarm they do not sting, so if undisturbed they are not an immediate threat. Don’t panic! Usually they will find themselves a suitable home and disappear after a few hours.
However, their idea of a ‘suitable home’ might not be yours. They have been known to occupy chimneys, wall cavities, bird boxes and house roofs. It is better to ask a beekeeper to collect them. This online pharmacy no prescription ensures that they will be given a good home and not destroyed. This service is normally provided free, but a contribution towards travelling expenses, or perhaps a donation to charity might be requested.
Unfortunately we cannot help with wasp or bumble bee nests, or established honeybee colonies in buildings.
If you are worried about bees in the roof or in a bird-box please watch this video before phoning. These are tree bumble bee drones. THEY DO NOT STING. The nest will die out at the end of the summer when you can block up the hole or move the bird box. We cannot help with these bees but you can find out more at http://bumblebeeconservation.org/
Other sources of information:
Concerned about Bumblebees? Visit www.bwars.com to find out more.
A message from the National Bee Unit:
In some regions of the UK beekeepers have reported excessive use of food stores due to the un-seasonally warm weather. It would be advisable that you check your colonies have adequate stores and add supplements if required. With the weather being quite variable, fondant is the best option not liquid feed.
For those of you thinking about treating your colonies with Oxalic acid, we remind you to only use only approved products Api-bioxal or Oxuvar and to administer the treatment by label instruction only.
Further information about colony feeding and keeping good and accurate medicine records can be found on our website at www.nationalbeeunit.com .