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Live Data Maps - Issue Resolved
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 20:11:33 GMT
Please note: The issues with our live data maps are now resolved
Asian hornet: Fowey nest destroyed as two new sightings confirmed in Liskeard and Hull
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:11:33 GMT
The National Bee Unit has found and destroyed the nest in Fowey. Two separate sightings of Asian hornet have been confirmed in Liskeard and Hull and surveillance activity is underway.

For further information please see the Defra press release.

Please continue to remain vigilant monitoring for Asian hornets and report any sightings through the Asian hornet app or online.

Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) identified in Cornwall
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:11:33 GMT
The National Bee Unit has confirmed that a suspect specimen caught in a beekeeper's monitoring trap in the Fowey area of South Cornwall is the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina. More information can be found in the Defra press release.

Further guidance on the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase including an Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster.

We have produced a guidance note and video on how to make a monitoring trap to help assist you in monitoring for the Asian hornet and encourage you to record the placing of Asian Hornet traps in apiaries on your personal BeeBase records. Guidance on how to do this can be found here.

Please report sightings;
• with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app: for Android and iOS devices.
• online:
• by email to: . Please include as much information as possible in your email; where you saw the sighting, your name and contact details and if possible an image.

Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.

We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Starvation Alert
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 20:11:33 GMT
Bee Inspectors across the UK are reporting that many colonies look low on food reserves and are in need of food, especially those colonies where honey has been taken off and replacement food been given back. The sugar syrup should be made by using 1kg of sugar to 650ml of warm water or a commercially ready-made bee syrup can be used. Please monitor you colonies throughout the autumn and feed as required to ensure they do not end up starving. As a rule, standard full size British National colonies will need around 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter.

For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page:

Seasonal Bee Inspector Vacancies
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:11:33 GMT
PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for these roles has now passed (14/09/2018).

The National Bee Unit has several Seasonal Bee Inspector Posts advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website. The areas we are recruiting in are:

Southern area, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire;

Eastern areas, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Rutland;

North East (Yorkshire), West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the Dales;

London, London/Greater London.

Applications have to be made online via the Civil Service Jobs website and the Closing date for applications is the 13th September 2018. Any applications submitted after this date will not be considered. If you have any questions about any of the posts then please contact the Regional Bee Inspector, or in the event that the RBI is not available, contact the National Bee Inspector, Julian Parker. All contact details can be found on the contact pages of BeeBase.

Approved Devon Swarm Collectors

South Devon (except Torbay)
call Phil 07891 554 012
or Jo 07914 922 554

Torbay (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham) call Gerry on 07802 851152

East Devon (Exeter east to Lyme Regis)
call Chris 07980 916 319

North Devon (west of Exeter)
call Sue or Mick 01288 331700

Plymouth area
call Patrick 07887 997 764
or Tim 01752 516 619

Beekeeping in South Devon

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