We are beekeepers near Totnes, in South Devon, who are responding to the fact that Asian Hornets were found in North Devon this autumn, as well as Tetbury and North Somerset in 2016.
Having read Martyn Hocking’s article that was published in both the November editions of ‘Bee Craft’ and ‘Beekeeping – Devon Beekeepers’ magazine’ about his experience of finding Asian Hornets in his apiary near Woolacombe in North Devon this autumn, we have been in touch with him.
see page 196 at this link:
As a result, we have called an:
Open Meeting on ASIAN HORNETS
2.00pm – 5.00pm on Saturday, 20th January, 2018
Harberton Parish Hall, TQ9 7SD
Afternoon Tea and Cakes will be served (stop, you have got me there). Martyn Hocking will be the guest speaker and there will be an opportunity to discuss a range of issues that have arisen.
Beekeepers from across SW England and representatives of organisations with a special interest in the Asian Hornet have been invited. Parking is available, though to help reduce numbers of cars, if possible, please share lifts.
Please contact Jill & Ken Beagley via email if you would like to attend
and state which BKA branch you are representing.
As we are expecting much interest in this meeting, we would appreciate being contacted by anyone wishing to attend, so can have sufficient refreshments available at the hall during the meeting and we can put anyone needing accommodation in touch with the local B&B’s in the area.
There are already beekeepers coming from Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Bath BKAs, as well as DARG, Bio Bees + university research projects, and although only advertised in the South West, Dover BKA!! Simon Jones, the SW NBU representative has kindly accepted our invitation to come to the meeting and take part in the discussion.
A follow up article has since been written by Martyn, in which he makes various suggestions about how beekeepers can be given better support should they find themselves in his situation, that is in the December/January edition of ‘Beekeeping – Devon Beekeepers’ magazine’. Martyn feels that there is only a short time in which to get organised and prepared for the arrival of the next Asian Hornet queen, if we are to have any chance of keeping this invasive non-native species out of the UK.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Jill & Ken Beagley