Episode 11

Following on from episode 10, we learn about some of the tracking methods being used in Jersey.  The island already has asian hornet nests but the situation would be much worse without the intervention thus far.  The mainland can learn much from Jersey about how to control this new invasive species.  There’s some amazing inventions and ideas coming online all the time, from radio telemetry to the use of sniffer dogs.  And, of course, the eyes of UK beekeepers and the general public will be key in the fight; with the important message “See it, snap it, send it!”.  Download the Asian Hornet Watch app at Google Play or Apple Store

BBKA Asian Hornet info: https://www.bbka.org.uk/FAQs/identifying-asian-hornet
National Bee Unit: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?sectionid=117
The Asian Hornet Handbook (Sarah Bunker): https://www.asianhornethandbook.com/
The Jersey Asian Hornet Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293640477963172/ 

Episode 12

It’s now 5 months since we launched our podcast.  Despite lockdown and the continuing global pandemic, the bees have been as busy as ever.  They are the great survivors.  This year we’ve seen plentiful swarms and a good excess of honey.  Patrick is keen to show Chris his hives on James’ land nearby in Wiltshire. 

At the end of the beekeeping season, it’s a nice opportunity to discuss the different “establishments” in which bees can live and thrive.  A swarm has even been known to set up home in a traffic cone! We haven’t got one of those but our log hive (supplied by http://beekindhives.uk) was occupied by a swarm within a week.