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Please see below from National Bee Unit which you may find interesting:
Three excellent presentations have been released from our lab, a joint venture called Fera Science.
All topical subjects and I think you will find them interesting.
I’d be grateful if you would circulate the links throughout your Association and promote by way of your newsletters, and by any other means you have
June 2020 - New Presentations Online
The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
Asian Hornet Biology
Asian Hornet Genetics
The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
Please do contact us with your feedback.
Regional Bee Inspector, Western England
(covering Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire)
National Bee Unit
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Dear Fellow Members.
On behalf of the Training Apiary sub- committee- Dave, Sam. Bob, Hamish and myself-I cannot tell you how pleased we are, to be able report that work on the Training Apiary actually started today.
After successfully obtaining Planning Permission and raising sufficient funds to get started, we were then faced with the wettest winter in living memory when the site became a quagmire. Then, when the site dried out along came Covid 19 and our contractor went into lockdown.
Thankfully all that is behind us. The site has been mown, the hedge trimmed and Taberner Plant-our contractors- have made a an excellent start on constructing the access road to our compound.
I don’t want to tempt fate, but it should not be too long now before we have a functioning Training Apiary.
From Dave Coates
3Weeks today since my second opp and I am pleased say everything is going according to plan.
I now have this years price list for honey jars, which is as follows.
1lb round honey jars with gold screw top lids. Box of 72. £23-50
1/2lb round honey jars with gold twist off lids. Box of 128. £33-50
1lb. Gold lids only screw top Box of. 144 £15-75
These prices are good as long as we buy 35 mixed boxes which is a pallet ,other years we have had no problem reaching that figure.
If you would like to contact me either by email email@example.com Or telephone 01283 713603 let me know what you would like to order and I can book you in .
The closing date is Tuesday 23 June .
The orders are for full boxes only I cannot do splits ,that doesn't mean to say you can't split with another member. If any of you want a split let me know when you order and I can pass it on to other like minded members.
Kind Regards, Dave
PLEASE REPLY TO DAVE NOT FRANCIS!
From Kathy Warren CDBKA:
I am sorry to tell you that after a long illness, one of our long-standing members, Geoff Matthews, has sadly passed away today.
I obviously have no further details just yet of any arrangements etc but will let you know once I do.
Please could you let any of your members who knew him know his sad news.
Kathy Warren Secretary CDBKA
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Please, if you have any ideas, or news or anything at all please send it to her to include. This include tips, anecdotes, recipes anything...
UNCONFIRMED BY ANYONE BUT PLEASE READ BELOW AND GET YOUR TRAPS INTO POSTION!
Asian Hornet Sighting - Alton GU34
A telephone call from a resident in Alton has been received - the person comes from Guernsey and is used to seeing Asian Hornets on the Channel Islands - saying that she observed an Asian Hornet in her garden, near the Kings Pond area surrounded by trees.
As we know, Asian Hornet workers are busy at this time of year, beginning to establish secondary nests and needing copious amounts of water to do so.
Given her experience and the environment of her dwelling plus the fact that a hornet was found in Alton last summer, she is a credible witness.
She did not have a camera or photo of the hornet.
The NBU, NNSS and Bee Inspectors have been alerted but they cannot be expected to waste time, without tangible evidence, on an unverified sightings - of which they receive many.
The logistics of asking for volunteers to visit the location is made more difficult with COVID-19 restrictions.
Anyone in the GU34 postcode area must however be vigilant as it is a residential area.
Please stay alert use the Asian Hornet Watch app with photographic evidence is the most efficient way of reporting a sighting.
Please see this update from DEFRA on the subject... CLICK HERE