Worcestershire Beekeepers' Association

Worcestershire Beekeepers' Association is part of the British Beekeepers' Association and covers the county of Worcestershire as it was in about 1850 (as far north as Dudley).

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Martyn Cracknell
President WBKA


This weeks tip: Tidy the equipment shed and start the Bee Show shopping list

QUEEN BEES BORN IN 2018 ARE MARKED RED | BORN IN 2019 ARE MARKED GREEN | AND BORN IN 2020 ARE MARKED BLUE

 

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    Following the retirement of Mike Brown on Friday 8th February, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Parker as the temporary Head of the National Bee Unit. Julian has held a variety of roles within the National Bee Unit over the past ten years, including most recently as National Bee Inspector. Please be aware that National Bee Unit email address has changed to remove the reference to ‘GSI’. Please update your records with immediate effect, to use nbu@apha.gov.uk , emails sent to the old address will return invalid.
    Defra have published guidance on importing animals, which includes bees, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The information can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/importing-animals-and-animal-products-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

    Specific honey bee information will be provided on BeeBase as soon as it is available.

    Beekeepers should continue to monitor their colonies throughout the winter as temperatures in some regions of the UK have been unusually high for the winter months, allowing honey bee flight and forage of pollen. In some cases, small patches of brood are still being reared and the demand on the colony's food resources ongoing. 

    Where temperatures do not allow for a sugar syrup feed, fondant icing can be placed directly on the top bars of the colony, above the cluster and fed as required.

    For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167

    A Regional Bee Inspector Vacancy is now live on the Civil Service Jobs website. The area we are recruiting in is:

    Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Wirral and Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland (Northern Region) - Please contact the National Bee Inspector Julian Parker if you have any questions about the post. His contact details are as follows:
    Email: Julian.Parker@apha.gov.uk
    Phone: 07775 119469

    The 2018 Hive Count launches today (1st November)!

    More information can be found here.

    This year the emails will be sent out using the Government Notify system and you will receive an email from national.hive.count@notifications.service.gov.uk. Please make a note of this mailbox and mark it as a friendly to prevent it from being blocked by your email provider. Any replies to this mailbox should still reach us directly.


    Seasonal Bee Inspector Vacancies are now live on the Civil Service Jobs website. The areas we are recruiting in are:

    Greater London, London, Kent (South Eastern Region) - Please contact the Regional Bee Inspector Sandra Gray if you have any questions about the post. Her contact details are as follows:
    Email: Sandra.gray@apha.gov.uk
    Phone: 07775119430

    Northern Region - Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. (Northern Region) - Please contact the National Bee Inpsector Julian Parker if you have any questions about the post. His contact details are as follows:
    Email: Julian.parker@apha.gov.uk
    Phone: 07775119469


    Kind regards,

    National Bee Unit
    The National Bee Unit is investigating a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in Dungeness. The hornets have been seen foraging on Ivy. Please keep up your vigilance by continuing to monitor for any hornet activity, especially on flowering forage. Further information will become available as and when the situation develops.

    As usual, further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's Asian hornet rolling news page.

    Please report sightings:

    • with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app: for Iphone  and  Android;

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

    • by email to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk. Please include as much information as possible in your email; where you saw the sighting, your name and contact details and if possible an image.

    Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Chris Appleby, Seasonal Bee Inspector for Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, who passed away unexpectedly on Friday 5th October.

    Chris joined the National Bee Unit in May 2017 working as part of the Northern team and in recent weeks he had been out helping with the Asian Hornet response in both Hull and Hampshire.

    Chris was well known for his passion and enthusiasm for his work and will be greatly missed by the Northern team and the wider NBU family.

    The National Bee Unit is investigating the finding of a dead Asian hornet found between a car grill at a car dealership in Guildford. Further information will become available as and when the situation develops.

    A new ‘Asian Hornet: UK sightings in 2018’ page has been published on Gov.Uk. This, along with BeeBase, will be updated with new developments as they occur.

    As usual, further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase.

    Please report sightings:

    • with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app: for Iphone and Android;

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

    • by email to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk . Please include as much information as possible in your email; where you saw the sighting, your name and contact details and if possible an image.

    Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.
    A new ‘Asian Hornet: UK sightings in 2018’ page has been published on Gov.Uk. This, along with BeeBase, will be updated with new developments as they occur.

    As usual, further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase.

    Please report sightings:

    • with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app: for Iphone and Android;

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

    • by email to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk . Please include as much information as possible in your email; where you saw the sighting, your name and contact details and if possible an image.

    Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.
    The nest in the Brockenhurst area of Hampshire was found and destroyed over the weekend and has been sent to the National Bee Unit laboratory for analysis. For further information please see the Gov.uk rolling news page. A report of an Asian hornet sighting made on the 22/09/18 by a member of the public in New Alresford, Hampshire and was found the following day by the National Bee Unit. The nest has been destroyed and sent for laboratory examination. 

    The NBU are also investigating a report of a single hornet on the south coast of Hampshire.  

    The NBU is continuing surveillance for further nests and beekeepers across the UK are urged to remain vigilant and to report any sightings either via the Asian hornet Watch App for android, the Asian hornet Watch App. for Iphone, email or the online recording form.

    Surveillance is ongoing in Fowey, Cornwall. No hornets have been seen at this location since the two nests were destroyed earlier this month.

    Local surveillance is continuing in Hull, East Yorkshire, where a single dead hornet was found in a house.

    A second Asian hornet nest has been found and destroyed in Fowey, close to the 1st nest site. Information about this discovery, along with surveillance activities in Hull and Liskeard can be found in the following Defra press release:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-second-fowey-nest-destroyed

    Please note: The issues with our live data maps are now resolved The National Bee Unit has found and destroyed the nest in Fowey. Two separate sightings of Asian hornet have been confirmed in Liskeard and Hull and surveillance activity is underway.

    For further information please see the Defra press release.

    Please continue to remain vigilant monitoring for Asian hornets and report any sightings through the Asian hornet app or online.

    The National Bee Unit has confirmed that a suspect specimen caught in a beekeeper's monitoring trap in the Fowey area of South Cornwall is the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina. More information can be found in the Defra press release.

    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.

    We have produced a guidance note and video on how to make a monitoring trap to help assist you in monitoring for the Asian hornet and encourage you to record the placing of Asian Hornet traps in apiaries on your personal BeeBase records. Guidance on how to do this can be found here.

    Please report sightings;
    • with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app: for Android and iOS devices.
    • online: http://www.brc.ac.uk/risc/alert.php?species=asian_hornet
    • by email to: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk . Please include as much information as possible in your email; where you saw the sighting, your name and contact details and if possible an image.

    Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.

    We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

    Bee Inspectors across the UK are reporting that many colonies look low on food reserves and are in need of food, especially those colonies where honey has been taken off and replacement food been given back. The sugar syrup should be made by using 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water or a commercially ready-made bee syrup can be used. Please monitor you colonies throughout the autumn and feed as required to ensure they do not end up starving. As a rule, standard full size British National colonies will need around 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter.

    For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167

    PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for these roles has now passed (14/09/2018).

    The National Bee Unit has several Seasonal Bee Inspector Posts advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website. The areas we are recruiting in are:

    Southern area, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire;

    Eastern areas, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Rutland;

    North East (Yorkshire), West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the Dales;

    London, London/Greater London.

    Applications have to be made online via the Civil Service Jobs website and the Closing date for applications is the 13th September 2018. Any applications submitted after this date will not be considered. If you have any questions about any of the posts then please contact the Regional Bee Inspector, or in the event that the RBI is not available, contact the National Bee Inspector, Julian Parker. All contact details can be found on the contact pages of BeeBase.


    Defra would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to this survey. The working group that put this survey together are very much encouraged by your interest and engagement in this topic. It clearly shows that it is an important issue for beekeepers and government alike.

    A pdf summary report of the questions is attached. We hope this will be of interest to you.

    We are continuing to work with beekeeping organisations on the analysis of these results and also looking at options for ways to improve our ability to rear queens in the UK.

    The Queen Rearing Working Group is chaired by Defra with representatives from the National Bee Unit (NBU), the Bee Farmers’ Association (BFA), the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA) and the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB).

    Queen Replacement Survey 2018 Results

    Dear Beekeepers.

    The National Bee Unit (NBU) has added a new BeeBase feature to help understand UK Asian hornet surveillance.

    In April 2018 a single Asian hornet queen was photographed by a member of the public in Bury, Lancashire, on a cauliflower which was traced back to a farm in Boston, Lincolnshire. The NBU has continued to monitor for the hornet’s presence in both counties but to date, has found no Vespa velutina at either of these sites.

    Many Beekeepers are monitoring for Asian hornets and BeeBase apiary records have been improved so beekeepers can record when traps are located in their apiaries. Please update your records to help us understand where traps have been placed across the UK in the ‘my apiary’ tab. Guidance on how to use the new recording feature, as well as additional information about how to log into your BeeBase account can be found in our Beekeeper Pages FAQ.

    The NBU will continue to update you on Asian Hornet surveillance throughout the year.