Asian Hornets in UK – LATEST NEWS

Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) are easier to spot as the leaves fall from our deciduous trees and pollen and nectar on ivy (one of their favourites) becomes abundant. Honey bees are another favourite because they live as a colony so provide a feast, but no insect species is safe.
Please put monitoring traps where you can watch them, perhaps from your kitchen window.

Recent confirmed sightings in the UK:

  • 9 September 2019 – south west of Ashford, Kent
    A member of the public sighted a single Asian hornet. It has been captured; NBU surveillance continues
  • 2 September 2019 – Tamworth, Staffordshire
    The National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of an Asian hornet after it was reported by a member of the public. The nest was found and destroyed
  • 3 July 2019 – New Milton, Hampshire
    The National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet after it was reported by a member of the public. Based upon visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen

It is vital that members of the public are made aware of this threat; an increasing number of sightings are reported by people who are not beekeepers.
Please spread the word.

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Honey Show 2019

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association will hold a Honey Show on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019 at Hilliers Arboretum, Romsey.

Our bees have had a busy summer and we have harvested their surplus honey and wax. The wonderful display is open to the public after 13:30 on Saturday and experienced beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions.

We will also have several displays and attractions including beekeeping history, books, candle rolling, and of course honey sales.

We are delighted to welcome The Countess Mountbatten of Burma on Sunday, 20th October at Hillier’s Arboretum circa 15:30 to present our awards. I

Please click here for the printable A4 2019 Schedule, which includes a list of prizes, the classes, the recipes, and the rules and regulations.

The same schedule is also available in A5 booklet form. (To print, download the schedule then open it in Adobe Reader. Click “File” then “Print”. Under “Page size and handling” click the button labelled “Booklet”. It will print on 4 double-sided sheets of paper, the pages in correct order for folding in half.)

Please click here for a printable Show entry form. All entries must be received by Saturday 6 October. Please note that entries must be submitted by post.

Selling your honey
If you enter an appropriate class in the Honey Show you are eligible to sell your honey and other hive products. Please click here for the sales form, prices, terms and conditions.

Used Bee Book Sale

… at the HBA Honey Show on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October, in aid of the HBA Library.
If you have outgrown or duplicate books that are surplus to your requirements, why not sell them at the HBA Honey Show? Either bring them to Hilliers Arboretum on the day or send them with a friend, or contact Avril (see the “Library” page) to arrange collection prior to the event. Please include a note listing each item with the price that you would like to charge, together with your contact details. We will do the rest!
After the event, unsold books will be returned to you together with your ‘takings’ less 15% in aid of the HBA library.
Simples!
Thank you from Avril.

Taking Bees to the Heather

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association is privileged to have an arrangement allowing us to take hives to selected sites in the New Forest during the heather season, which is between July and October. The benefits to beekeepers are that some wonderful heather honey is gathered, and that brood chambers are full; a good way to start winter. Choice of sites is on a first come basis; ‘old hands’ will have their own favourite location.
If you think you want to try, remember you will need strong and healthy colonies, free of disease, and with lots of capped brood ready to produce a young and energetic work force on site. There is a small charge per hive plus a deposit for a site key.
Details have been sent to all Hampshire beekeeping associations. If you are interested in taking your bees to the heather, please ask your association secretary for details.

Healthy Bee Day 2019

A “Healthy Bee Day” will be held at Awbridge Village Hall SO51 0HG on Saturday, 29th June from 9 am to 5 pm.

It is kindly sponsored by Bee Diseases Insurance and led by our seasonal bee inspector.

Only two such events are held in each NBU region each year so we are fortunate in having one in our county.

Programme:

  • Apiary hygiene and disease control
  • Disease inspections
  • Disease comb recognition
  • European and American Foulbrood and other brood disorders
  • Small Hive Beetle and Tropilaelaps monitoring
  • Varroa – Integrated Pest Management
  • Asian Hornet update

The charge for the day is £10 per person. Light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place please email rdbkachair@gmail.com

You will need to bring:

  • A packed lunch (teas and coffees will be provided)
  • Your freshly cleaned bee suit or jacket and veil, boots and gloves. Leather gloves will not be permitted.

Please go to www.awbridgevillagehall.com/how_to_find_us.htm for directions to the hall. Parking availability is good.

Please note that the visit to the hives is weather dependent.

HBA Honey Show 2019

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association will hold a Honey Show on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019 at Hilliers Arboretum, Romsey https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens/visitus.

Our bees have had a busy summer and we have harvested their surplus honey and wax. The wonderful display is open to the public after 13:30 on Saturday and experienced beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions.

We will also have several displays and attractions including beekeeping history, books, candle rolling, and of course honey sales.

Please click here for the printable A4 2019 Schedule, which includes a list of prizes, the classes, the recipes, and the rules and regulations. (An A5 booklet-form version will be available soon.)

Please click here for a printable Show entry form. All entries must be received by Saturday 6 October. Please note that entries must be submitted by post.