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.
Looking to the upcoming AGM, more events and news to keep you occupied whilst your bees are clustered in their hives
The start of another new year with plenty of upcoming events, news and advice
Four meetings to explain the fundamentals & to help you make a start with keeping bees……..
- For Complete Beginners &
- For new Beekeepers – build on your knowledge & improve your colony management!
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)