Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)
17 March 2017 update:
SG today confirmed that a single Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina had been identified at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. The Asian Hornet is a non-native species and a serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators which has recently become established in Europe. There are no more public health risks associated with Asian hornets than with other bees or wasps.
Asian hornets were first identified in the GB during autumn 2016, that outbreak was dealt with and no further reports have been confirmed since. It is not possible to identify the origin of this individual and no further sightings have been made, however for surveillance purposes SG has placed Asian Hornet traps in the area and alerted the pest control industry and beekeepers to be vigilant for this species
BEEKEEPER'S ADDRESS TAE A HAGGIS
If you are celebrating the life, poetry or birthday of The Bard, Robert Burns, this week and want a beekeeping twist, download our Beekeeper's Address Tae a Haggis here or by clicking on Rabbie's face! This is courtesy of Alan Riach, one of our great chieftains, who gave a fantastic rendition of this at our autumn convention.
BURN's NIGHT DELIGHT!
Cranachan is the perfect Scottish dessert to finish off any Burn's supper. This was originally a summer dish consumed around harvest time, made with delicious Scottish ingredients like cream-crowdie, raspberries, heather honey, oats and whisky. For a modern, quick and easy recipe please click here or on the image.