Tips for the Month:

  • Keep alert for any sightings of the Asian hornet - one has been seen in Berkshire - not so far away and report!

  • Heft or weigh hives to make sure colonies have sufficient stores to get through winter. It is too late now to disturb the bees by opening hives.

  •  Ensure your hives are bee-tight with no small holes or gaps that wasps or robber bees can penetrate. Blue tack or gaffer tape are good short term remedies.

  •  Ensure mouse guards are in place to prevent mice finding a nice warm pantry to spend the winter in.

  •  Either strap down hives or place a heavy brick or stone on the roof to prevent it being blown off in high winds.

  •  If there are green woodpeckers near your hives, protect them with wire netting to prevent the woodpecker’s long beak reaching the wood and making a hole to get at the bees.  Some people dangle strips of plastic as a deterrent (I am not sure if this works!)

 


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  • Bee Health Advisory Forum - Science Advisor
    08 November 2021
    The Bee Health Advisory Forum brings Defra & Welsh Government policy and stakeholders together to discuss honey bee health issues and is inviting expressions of interest from applicants interested in being Bee Health Advisory Forum Science Advisors. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th December at 17:00.

    Full details about the role can be downloaded here and can be found on the Bee Health Advisory page. Please circulate to prospective advisors or feel free to apply.
  • The National Hive Count 2021
    02 November 2021
    The 2021 Hive Count launches today (2nd November)

    It is time to update your BeeBase records with the total number of overwintering hives as of 1st November 2021. You can do this by clicking this link to update your Hive Count: https://nationalbeeunit.com/secure/beekeeper/hiveCensus.cfm


    More details of this project, its importance and why we need your help can be found at:
    http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=362
  • Asian hornet nest killed in Portsmouth, Hampshire
    01 November 2021
    A report of Asian hornet in the Portsmouth area was received via the Asian Hornet Watch App on 29th October. The report was accompanied by clear photographs, allowing National Bee Unit inspectors to follow up the sighting quickly.

    An Asian hornet nest was located in a tree on Saturday 30th October and the nest was killed on Sunday 31st October. The nest will be sent to Fera for analysis and monitoring will continue in the area supported by local beekeepers.

    Further information regarding Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on our BeeBase Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    Use the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Android and Iphone to report sightings.