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NBU Update – Asian Hornet found in Bury

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of a single Asian hornet in Lancashire. More information can be found in the Defra Press release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire

Further guidance on the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase including an Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster . 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.

The NBU have written a monitoring trap for the Asian hornet fact sheet and an Asian hornet trap making video to help assist you in monitoring for the Asian hornet.

You can report sightings with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Androids and iOS. The app also uses GPS which allows the user to submit the exact location of their finding, allowing any confirmed sightings to be followed up quickly and efficiently.

Alternatively, you can submit your sighting by email. When doing so, please include as much information as possible, including where you saw the sighting, name, contact number/ address and if possible an image. Send your sightings to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

Finally you can also use the online recording form which can be found at:

http://www.brc.ac.uk/risc/alert.php?species=asian_hornet

Please could all media enquiries be directed to the Defra press Office: 0208 225 7510

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Asian Hornet Update:

Torbay BKA’s, Colin Lodge, introduces his national initiative to create an Asian Hornet Action Team (AHAT) network of beekeepers across the UK, whose training is based on guidance protocols. The teams are organised to speed up the AH verification process and aim to help reduce the number of incorrect reported sightings to the NNSS, thereby hopefully delaying the establishment of the AH in the UK.

Colin Lodge describes the aims and objectives of the Torbay AHAT at their website here:

http://www.ahat.org.uk

This film was supported and funded by Devon Beekeepers’ Association. Their three Asian Hornet Guidance Protocols can be found here…

http://www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk/asianhornet/guidance-for-beekeepers/

Here…

http://www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk/asianhornet/guidance-for-branches/

and here…

http://www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk/asianhornet/how-to-obtain-a-sample/

For more information about AHAT, check out this ‘Beekeeping’ Journal article from page 17 -

http://www.devonbeekeepers.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/BEEKEEPING/2018/2018-FebruaryWeb.pdf

VDBKA

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Members Meeting Reminder:

Members Meeting Reminder: This is a reminder that we will be holding a member’s meeting on Friday 23 March at East Challow Village Hall starting at 7.30, the speaker is Chris Park and the topic is Making Mead and Traditional Honey drinks.

VDBKA

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Asian Hornet Update:

Asian Hornet Update: The experience of Martyn Hocking, the Woolacombe beekeeper who correctly identified the Asian Hornet last year, led to an event in Devon which was attended by local beekeepers and members of the NBU. Here we show you the video of Martyn Hocking’s talk at Harberton Village Hall

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Next Beginners Evening Class

New Beginners Evening Class: Introduction to Beekeeping

Vale and Downland Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that their well established and highly informative evening classes for Beginners will be starting again on Thursday 11 January 2018. The course includes:

Membership to the association
Tuition on the theory of beekeeping
1 day practical workshop on making up your equipment
Mentoring through your first season with bees
Weekly practical sessions of handling bees at our association apiary.

Numbers are limited, please contact Lilian Valentine by email or tel: 01235 767524 for more information and registration details.

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AGM – DON’T FORGET

Our Annual General Meeting, will be held on 20th October 2017, at 7.30pm, in East Challow Village Hall, Main Street, East Challow, OX12 9SR. This is your Association. It can only keep running if people are willing to volunteer a little of their time to be involved. The main business of the evening will be voting on your new committee followed by a talk by Samantha Chapman on ‘Demystifying the Modules’ where she will explain how the theoretical exams in beekeeping are organised.

Our final Association meeting for the year will be on November 24th at East Challow Village Hall, at 7.30pm, where Lilian Valentine and Michael Havard-Bilton will be doing a double act, talking about the manufacture of various cosmetics. This promises to be a very entertaining evening with practical demonstrations.Sadly, we have lost our normal venue for meetings for the foreseeable future, so the AGM will be held on 20th October 2017, at 7.30pm, in East Challow Village Hall, Main Street, East Challow, OX12 9SR. Our November meeting on 24th November will be held at the same venue.

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Reminder from the VDBKA Librarian

Reminder from the VDBKA Librarian – Samantha Chapman

As the darker evenings start to creep in on us and the practical beekeeping starts to wind down for the winter, don’t forget the wealth of material we have in the VDBKA library. Winter is a great time to catch up on your bee-related reading, and learn a few new things whether for interest or to prepare for one of the BBKA practical/theory exams.

The list of books is available on the website -

http://www.valeanddownlandbees.org.uk/membership/bee-library-books/

- a few books have been added over the last couple of years to bring the selection in line with the recommended reading on the BBKA booklist. I will be bringing a selection of books to most of the winter association meetings, starting with the AGM on 20 October.

If there is a specific book you wish to borrow, then let me know – Email me – and I can reserve it and bring it along to that meeting, or future ones. Books are free for members to borrow, and there is no time limit on the borrowing of books (within reason).

Finally, a reminder to those members who currently have books on loan from last winter – please could you return them, either at the next winter association meeting or by arrangement with me, so that they are available for others.

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Fun Honey Show

Dear member

It’s not long now until this year’s Fun Honey Show, at Stonehill Barn in Abingdon, on 7th October 2017. Just a reminder that all exhibits must be in place so that judging can start at 3.30pm so doors will be open at 2.30 to receive exhibits.   This year our expert judges will be Mr and Mrs Jon Davey.  This is always a great day out for all the family, and everyone is welcome.  It costs nothing to attend, or to enter into the show.

As usual there will be lovely food available, and we have also arranged for a visit by The Piggy Squire who will be offering a range of barbeque foods, including a vegetarian option.  This costs £5.00 a head, and we would be grateful if you could order and pay for this in advance,  so that he knows how many to cater for.   We will be subsidising this out of our Social Fund.  Please send a cheque to for the number you require, made out to Vale and Downland Beekeepers’ Association Social Fund  by 1st October 2017.   As usual,  we would love for members to bring and share any salads or desserts they would like,  please inform Lilian of any dish that you decide to bring, in order that we do not have too many duplicate dishes.

We are all looking forward to seeing you with your exhibits.

Regards

From your Committee

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NBU Update – Asian Hornet Identified in North Devon

October 2017 – Asian Hornet Identified in North Devon

Please be aware that we are experiencing a high volume of calls so please use the below guidance for all enquiries relating to Asian hornet sightings.

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in North Devon which was spotted by a beekeeper in their apiary on the 18th September 2017. The contingency response has been initiated and a press release has been issued by Defra.

Beekeepers within the area of the outbreak will be contacted by Bee Inspectors in order to carry out apiary inspections and to hang out traps and we ask for full your co-operation during these visits.

About the Asian hornet

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.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:

• opening a local control center to coordinate the response;

• deploying bee inspectors across the area, and;

• readying nest disposal experts who will use pesticides to kill the hornets and destroy any nests.

Further guidance on the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase where you will find a very useful Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster which is available for identification purposes.

Our best defence against the Asian hornet is to quickly detect any arrivals and prevent them from establishing and traps are the best way to help aid detection. When monitoring for the hornet, please use both sweet and protein based baits in separate traps as the nest may still be expanding and requiring protein to feed it’s young. We have designed A simple monitoring trap for the Asian hornet and an Asian hornet trap making video to help assist you in doing this.

You can now report sightings with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Androids and iOS. The app also uses GPS which allows the user to submit the exact location of their finding, allowing any confirmed sightings to be followed up quickly and efficiently.

Alternatively, you can submit your sighting by email. When doing so, please include as much information as possible, including where you saw the sighting, name, contact number/ address and if possible an image. Send your sightings to:

alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

All records received are reviewed by entomologists at Centre of Ecology and Hydrology and credible records passed on to us at the NBU for further investigation.

Finally you can also use the online recording form which can be found at

http://www.brc.ac.uk/risc/alert.php?species=asian_hornet

Please could all media enquiries be directed to the Defra press Office: 0208 225 7510

We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

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AGM – Venue Update

Sadly, we have lost our normal venue for meetings for the foreseeable future, so the AGM will be held on 20th October 2017, at 7.30pm, in East Challow Village Hall, Main Street, East Challow, OX12 9SR. Our November meeting on 24th November will be held at the same venue.

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