Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New Id

Thanks to our Apiary Manager, DARREN Burge, we now have a groovy marker flag for use at Shows and other events. 

Look out for it and there you will find us!!!

New Apiary for Maldon Beekeepers

IUnlucky for some however Maldon and Dengie Beekeepers - 13 April was the day work started at the new apiary at Hatfield Peverel allotments. 

Members cleared and levelled the site before erecting a secure fenced enclosure to house two hives and other beekeeping paraphernalia. 

      Removing and burning arisings. 

    Picking up debris on site

     Digging holes for fencing posts

Maldon Apiary manager, Darren Burge, indicated that bees were likely to be onsite in 4-6 weeks time. 

    Darren fixing gate as fencing goes in. 

Allotment Manager, Drew, and chairman, Sean, were both excited to see the new developments. 

    Darren checking site level for hives. 

For information on how to get involved or get more details about beekeeping go to the Maldon and Dengie Beekeepers' website

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Asian Hornet - be vigilant

Spring is arriving and so is likelihood of the Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the ‘Asian hornet’ entering the UK via shipping road, sea and air.
Asian Hornet

 As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems.   

Not yet present in GB, but it is considered highly likely to arrive soon.  The places it is most likely to be found are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber).  Active months between April and November (peak August/September).  Inactive over the winter, so the most likely time to see this species will be early next year.It has also altered the biodiversity in regions where it is present and is potentially deadly to allergic people. All beekeepers should remain vigilant and be on the look out for it in their apiaries.
Difference between our European Hornet
and the Asian Hornet

However you can be pro-active by making Asian Hornet traps or (purchase them). Many of our apiaries are in high risk areas. Spring trapping is the best form of effective early detection of the hornet; this paramount to prevent establishment. Traps can be found on the National bee unit website. your division can then make a monitoring programme. 

Hornet trap
it does work!