Asian Hornet in Hampshire

If your are not already aware a confirmed sighting of an Asian Hornet, possibly a Queen, has been found in New Milton.  This is just 5 miles away from Christchurch as you can see on the map link.

Monitoring is underway by the NBU to detect any other Asian hornets in the vicinity and local beekeepers are asked to be vigilant. Work is already underway to monitor for any hornet activity and identify any nests which may be in the vicinity. As it is a suspected queen it is likely to be in the primary nest stage.

This is the closest confirmed sighting we have had and we all  need to ensure that monitoring traps are baited regularly and, if possible,  checked daily.

Trap locations are registered on BeeBase, this will assist inspectors. There is also a map of Dorset traps on our site.

Also as you approach your hives spend a moment to monitor hive entrances for signs of hawking  by Asian Hornets before inspecting.

All sightings are reported in the first instance via alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk or the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

If you catch an Asian Hornet, keep it contained placing it in a freezer to humanly kill and preserve it.

Your local AHAT Officers  are:

Mark White for Dorset  on 07747 620 920
Clare Porter for Hampshire  on 07508 716 044

Members, particularly in the East of Dorset and  on the Dorset & Hants border must undertake pro active steps. We will be in contact with the NBU to offer assistance and also to take further instructions.

Beefest Poundbury

Well the weather could hardly be better for the first ever BeeFest on Poundbury’s Big Field – the correct address for which is “The Great Field, Poundbury (Peverell Avenue East DT1 3RH)” .

The aim of the Beefest is to show how important bees are to us, to the environment, the economy and so much more. This is the first time this event has been staged in Poundbury and the plan is to make it an annual event.

The local beekeepers have been putting in a lot of work and amongst things they will be showing are candle rolling, frame making, honey tasting  and of course there will be honey for sale. There will also be enthusiastic bee keepers – to be honest I have never met a beekeeper who is not enthusiastic – who will be able to offer advice if you are thinking of keeping bees.

There are more details on the facebook page  and a bit on the Visit Dorset website as well as their main site at beefest.org.uk.