Nature Notes

Honey bees in 2020’s

As with everything in the natural world

it’s difficult to make predictions, we do

know there are threats around the

corner or should I say over the channel.

Asian Hornets being accidently introduced

into France from Asia a few years ago are

becoming widespread across Europe including the Channel Islands with some nests being destroyed in Southern England last year.

There is a network of beekeepers across the UK being guided by APHA a government agency and are ready to help members of the public to identify any possible sightings, any sightings have to be reported to the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS). The Asian Hornet poses a great threat to honey bees and other insects.

Another threat is the Small Hive Beatle, accidentally introduced into Italy from Africa could find its way to the UK in the next few years. These new threats combined with the Varroa mite which came into this country 1992, intensive farming practices, pesticide use …….

Fortunately, due to some hard work by the BBKA and other groups with a lot of media coverage beekeeping has become more popular, in 2006, I was the only new member of Central Sussex Beekeepers (formerly H&CBKA) now we are getting 20 + new members per year. This again is due to some hard work, which is mirrored all over the country.

The future of the honey bee rests in our beekeepers hands with good management and support from the public.

Melvyn Essen. CSBKA Apiary manager.

Chairman of West Sussex Beekeepers.

Bees bees buzz
Because because becuzz
They are so busy

They won't harm
Or cause alarm
So leave them be
The buzzy, buzzy bee


Poetic contributions to our "Bee" theme from our Junior Conservation Group

I’m sitting in the garden,
And suddenly I see...
Absent minded buzzing past my face it’s a bee !

I watch it flit about in the air 
Which flower will it visit?
I suppose as long as it has pollen in it,
It doesn’t really care.

It lands on a tulip   
With a deep shade of red
And as it goes to drink the nectar,
It gets pollen on its head.

Now it buzzes to the next flower,
As it goes to drink, the pollen brushes off
That’s called pollination!
I wonder how many times I does that every hour?

And three years worth of work,
Will result in a jar of honey 
Which really isn’t very much
So I suppose it is quite funny.

Jess and Freya

Soldier beetles