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An outbreak of Asian hornets has been successfully contained by bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed their nest in Gloucestershire. Asian hornets were first discovered in the Tetbury area in September, but the National Bee Unit moved swiftly to find the nest and remove it. No further live Asian hornets have been seen since the nest was treated with pesticide and removed in early October. Two dead Asian hornets were discovered in separate locations close by in north Somerset, but no nests or live hornets have been located by inspectors and there have been no further sightings.
Inspectors from the National Bee Unit say they have only found Asian hornets at 6 sites within 500 metres of the original discovery of one of these hornets in Tetbury in Gloucestershire. The search for the nest continues.
Several beekeepers in the vicinity of the first discovery of an Asian Hornet in Gloucestershire have reported them hawking in front of their hives. The National Bee Unit has caught several but has not yet found a nest. Analysis shows they are closely related to hornets in France.
The combination of a mild winter followed by wet weather in April and May has meant that honey bees may be short of stores. A new article by Julian Routh has been published with hints and tips on spring feeding.
3.5 million pounds of honey harvested this summer for the nation's tea tables by amateur beekeepers 50 per cent increase in the number of bee colonies in the last six months four times the value of BBKA members' honey harvests goes to the economy through pollination 5,000 people sign up as Armchair Beekeepers to support Adopt a Beehive fundraising campaign