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

Trouble with Bees?

This weeks tip: Queen rearing? After 3 days knock-down sealed Queen cells

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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    The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:

    First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page.
    Please note we are experiencing technical issues with our online e-learning courses when using Internet Explorer.

    This has been reported to IT and is under investigation.

    Please accept our apologies for this, in the meantime, the courses can be still be accessed using Chrome or FireFox.
    *** RESOLVED ***

    Updated: 28/05/2019 - This issue is now resolved.

    Please be aware we are currently experiencing issues with emails to nbu@apha.gov.uk

    In the interim, please direct email correspondence to nbuoffice@apha.gov.uk

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
    The Scottish Government are currently recruiting for a new Lead Bee Inspector. For further details please see here. Please be aware that the 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 as 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/guidance/importing-animals-animal-products-and-high-risk-food-and-feed-not-of-animal-origin-after-eu-exit

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

    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 National Bee Inspector. 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.