See note sent out to members by Apiary Manager Myriam
The college informed us that a tree surgeon will be working to remove a very large limb detached from a large beech tree. This limb has fallen on the roof of one of units to the back right of the apiary. It is lying on the roof as far as the guttering. There is no immediate danger to any of our hives but some of the smaller branches may fall in the apiary during cutting.
The work will be done on Wednesday 24th all day and no hives should be opened during that day. One of us will be there just in case there is a problem for the tree surgeon working in proximity to bees.
Hope this does not cause any inconvenience to your plans.
VOLUNTEERS PLEASE The Royal Highland Show is nearly upon us and we are delighted to say that we've again been asked to look after the Honey Tent. Last year we had over 40,000 visitors to the tent and we couldn't have done that without the support of you, our merry band of beekeeping volunteers! For those who have never volunteered before it's not only a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow beekeepers from across Scotland, but a fantastic learning experience and a great place to recruit potential new members for your local associations.
So we need your help again please. Susan Fotheringham has kindly offered again to co-ordinate all our volunteer stewards for the show, so please if you are able to give some time to steward she'd love to hear from you. Before you contact Susan please have a look at what information she needs (just click here) and either complete this information and return by email to her (by clicking here) or call Susan on 07743 703 022. Thank you so much.
The Honey Tent at The Royal Highland Show also plays host to the many honey, beeswax and beekeeping competition classes. If you've never entered a competition before or are a seasoned competitor, then we'd love to see you enter! There's something to suit everyone from competitions in honey, baking, beeswax, candles, cocktails, comb, crafts to photography and primary school posters. To find out more please download the competition schedule here and remember to also complete the entry and remittance forms.
Read up on swarm control and decide now which method you are going to use.
Most colonies will want to swarm and if conditions allow they will go earlier than you think. May and June are the prime months for swarms in the UK, but they have been known in April and even March. Be prepared. Have spare equipment ready and set bait hives up well in advance so the bees get used to seeing them.
The SBA has requested all ABA Secretaries to share the following notice from the Lead Bee Inspector.
ASIAN HORNET NOTE
An incursion of the Asian hornet late last season in England and subsequent destruction of a located nest was a reminder to us all as beekeepers that we need to be extra vigilant as regards being alert to incursions of invasive species.
Although Asian hornet is defined as an invasive non-native species and not a notifiable pest of honey bees it is a highly aggressive predator of native insects and poses a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators.
The Bee Health Improvement Partnership (BHIP) comprises representatives from Scottish Beekeepers Association, Bee Farmers Association, Scottish Government (Inspectors, Policy and SASA) and SAC Consulting (Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)). BHIP has been exploring ways of encouraging the monitoring effort and is now ready to help by issuing traps to all Affiliated Beekeeping Associations (ABA’s).
There is already in place a network of sentinel apiaries (early warning stations) at strategic, risk based apiaries around the country which complements a similar arrangement in England and Wales. However it is considered beneficial to bolster this with additional stations at ABA’s apiaries. An arrangement is in place to send out to each ABA some proprietary Asian hornet traps. These should be arriving with you shortly, under separate cover, direct from the UK distributor and this note is to alert you to the thinking behind it. The traps include a start-up pack of lures as well as detailed instructions.
Samples and photographs may also be sent to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) for confirmation. Please provide your address and contact details along with as much detail as possible about the specimen (e.g. the shape, size, colour of the body and legs as well as information on where you found it). Packages should be marked: “Asian Hornet sample” and sent to:
If you still have any concerns then please contact BeesMailbox@gov.scot and one of our colleagues will get back to you. Thanking you in anticipation for your understanding and cooperation and happy to discuss further,
Lead bee Inspector and chair to Bee Health Improvement Partnership.
SG today confirmed that a single Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina had been identified at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. The Asian Hornet is a non-native species and a serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators which has recently become established in Europe. There are no more public health risks associated with Asian hornets than with other bees or wasps.
Asian hornets were first identified in the GB during autumn 2016, that outbreak was dealt with and no further reports have been confirmed since. It is not possible to identify the origin of this individual and no further sightings have been made, however for surveillance purposes SG has placed Asian Hornet traps in the area and alerted the pest control industry and beekeepers to be vigilant for this species
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We now have a Newbattle Beekeepers Associaton members' badge. If not done already collect one at the next meeting scheduled for Sunday 2 April 2018 when we will revert to summer hours of 2 pm to 4 pm. Many thanks to Joyce Jack for sourcing them.