Government announce the National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall.
There has been a sighting of an Asian Hornet in Fowey in Cornwall. We believe it was spotted and photographed but not captured. |The NBU is in Cornwall setting traps.
Please can every beekeeper monitor the insects in their garden, allotment or hedgerows, it is best if you spend about 15 minutes or longer looking at one area as insects can come and go quite frequently.
If members use a monitoring trap, please check it daily, release the good insects after making sure that an Asian Hornet is not there.
In Autumn, the preferred bait is proteins like fish heads and prawns as they need to build up their fat bodies for winter, so bait your trap accordingly but do remember not to use anything your own bees would eat.
If you can identify the insects trapped it would help but if you cannot, take a photograph with your phone.
If you do see an Asian Hornet on a hedgerow, again take a picture but make sure that you follow its flight path and make a note of the direction as Asian Hornets fly in a straight line from food to colony.
Should you spot an Asian hornet, please call your bee inspector and alert your own branch committee so that we can extend the searches quickly.
We cannot stress how dangerous these Hornets can be to our pollinating insects.
Margaret Wilson, BBKA Chairman