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Asian Hornet: National Bee Unit communication

 
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:32 am    Post subject: Asian Hornet: National Bee Unit communication Reply with quote

I am not sure how many people receive updates from DEFRA National Bee Unit in the UK so I thought I would pass this on. Please note I am not the owner of this information responses or concerns should be sent to the NBU.

The message to Beekeepers from the NBU is as follows:

• Now is the ideal time of year to look out for emerging queens, who can build new nests;
• Make sure you know how to recognise Asian hornets – a very helpful ID sheet can be downloaded from the NNSS website at http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4
• Know where to report sightings: [emailto]alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk[/emailto]
• Our best defence against the Asian hornet is to quickly detect any arrivals and prevent them from establishing;
• Trapping is expected to aid this;
• Please visit the Asian hornet pages on BeeBase click here [url] https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/index.cfm?pageid=208[/url] to read updated guidance for beekeepers, including information on early monitoring and trap design. You can also access the full Response Plan through these pages.

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Adam Rose
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An option open to you and me is "don't know - wait until those people down South work out what works best and copy them" Smile.

And the people down South should probably ask the same question of beekeepers in France.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This seems fairly informative : http://www.planetepassion.eu/wildlife-in-france/asian-hornet_vespa-velutina-nigrithorax_frelon%20asiatique_france.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read somewhere that a lot of bee keepers in France are trapping queens in spring.
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