Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Asian Hornet.

Following the finding of Asian hornets in Gloucestershire last week we have received a large number of suspect Asian hornet reports from members of the public and beekeepers which we are following up. Bee inspectors have now visited over 100 sites. Asian hornets have been seen at just six locations within 500 meters of the original site.

Efforts to track down the nest and destroy it are ongoing. There have been no other substantiated reports of hornets anywhere else in the UK so please be patient while we continue our field work and be assured that when appropriate, national alerts will be sent out via our email alert system. In the meantime, our news feed on BeeBase will be used to keep everyone updated.

Please also see the updated ID sheet to help you Identify Vespa velutina in your apiaries: At this time of the year, the best bait to use in traps is fish bait diluted to 25%

Please continue to monitor your own apiaries using hornet traps and encourage those whom you know are not registered on our database to sign in. 

Kind regards,

National Bee Unit.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Divisional Garden wins 1st at 2016 Essex Honey Show!

Plants in Display Garden 2016

Digitalis ssp
Coreopsis “Pineapple Pie”
Hedera helix “Glymii”
Clematis triternata “Rubromarginata”
Salivia “Mystic Spires”
Echinacea spp
Myosotis sylvatica
Sedum ewersii “Rose Carpet”
Rudbeckia fulgida
Ajuga “Rainbow”
Anemone hupehensis Splendens
Salvia patens
Erigeron karvinskianus
Abelia parvifolia “Bumblebee”

The concept of this year’s garden was behind the principle that plants all produce pollen and nectar to a lesser or greater degree.  Some provide just pollen, some just nectar.  The watering cans are symbolic of the flowing nectar and pollen from plants and that these are intrinsically linked to the beautiful flowers that are produced.  All the flowers in this garden are used by bees;  these include solitary bees, bumblebees as well as honeybees.  Ajuga and myositis provide early pollen and nectar and the Hedera late flow honey. Myositis is the smallest of pollens. 

The planting pots are hexagonal linking the notion of honey with the collection of pollen and nectar, fundamental to the collection of each in the production of honey.

All the plants included are easily obtained from a good nursery or garden centre.  Those used were from Meadowcroft SWF, Claremont Maldon