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Bidfood has launched a pioneering pollination campaign to help raise awareness of declining numbers of pollinators. With 24 Bidfood sites across the country involved, activities include building bee ‘hotels’, creating bee-friendly gardens and helping local beekeepers by donating sugar and sponsoring local hives.
The nation’s smartphones are the latest weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of the Asian hornet, thanks to a new app which has been launched. People will be able to use the free app - called Asian hornet watch - to quickly and easily report possible sightings of the invasive species and send pictures of suspect insects to experts at the National Bee Unit.
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.
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.