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South East Regional Bee Inspector

Sandra Gray is the Regional Bee Inspector for the South East region. 

To contact Sandra e-mail: sandra.gray@apha.gsi.gov.uk or telephone: 07775 119430.

Diane Steele is the Seasonal Bee Inspector for the region. E-mail: diane.steele@apha.gsi.gov.uk  or telephone: 07775 119452

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Asian hornet in the UK

As was recently reported by the BBKA, the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) has been sighted at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon.  Work to identify, destroy and remove nests appears to have been successful. 

Nonetheless, members are asked to remain vigilant for this predator in our region.  It may be seen hawking at the entrance to hives.

For a full description of the Asian honet and its comparison to out native hornet view this document:

http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4

Any sightings should be reported to the non-native species team at: alert_nonnative@ceh.ac.uk

 

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Plan Bee Ltd.

The Scottish-based company has recently announced its plans to open a second base in the South of England in West Sussex.  A number of commercial colonies will be established across the county.

Your committee wrote to the company on 1st August with a view to better understanding their strategy for West Sussex.  Although Plan Bee Ltd. claims to be committed to speaking with local Associations no reply has ever been received to the letter or to the subsequent email to their CEO. 

We understand that the colonies may be established with imported 'Buckfast' bees and hybrid vigour is known to exist in such bees.  This can lead to increased aggression in future generations and the drones will be mating with our own locally-bred queens giving us cause for concern.   We will keep members advised if Plan Bee Ltd. replies to our letter, but in the meantime you can access their website here.

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Small Hive Beetle

On  11th September 2014 the Italian  National  Reference  Centre  for beekeeping confirmed the first detection of the presence of Small Hive Beetle (SHB)  in South  West Italy,  in  the  port  city  of  Gioia  Tauro.   The destruction of previously infected hives last year has proved ineffective in halting the spread of the beetle and eight further outbreaks have been confirmed in Calabria.  

Members are advised to remain vigilant for the detection of SHB within their colonies and if an infestation is suspected to advise the NBU immediately.  The Regional Bee Inspector's details can be found below.

 

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BBKA Number for Members

Due to the volume of  calls that the BBKA has been experiencing, the Association is very much aware that Members have had problems contacting the main office. 

As a consequence an additional line has been installed so that BBKA may answer calls from members more quickly and efficiently.

Priority will be given to those using the new number which is purely for Member queries and requests; the number to call is 02476 698620. The current number will, when all staff are on calls, be on an automated system, with no answerphone capability.

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Bees For Development

The charity's aim is to assist people living in poor countries to achieve sustainable livelihoods through beekeeping. Visit their website:  www.beesfordevelopment.org

 

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