Welcome to Dorset Beekeepers

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Dorset County Beekeepers LogoDorset BKA is the umbrella body that supports 5 local Dorset associations.  At the last count the Dorset BKA had about 398 members scattered among these branches.

 For local information please select the branch closest to you from the menu above. Each branch maintains their own website and will list members that will be happy to help with your inquiries. Please Note:   for Sherborne BKA please click here as the drop down link is not yet established.

 


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VERY IMPORTANT ABOUT THE ASIAN HORNET

Arm yourself with  information about this potentially deadly predator.

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Please be on the lookout for this invasive predator of honey bees.  Control will depend to a large extent on early identification and destruction of nests. Being able to identify the Asian Hornet, and particularly being able to distinguish it from the native European Hornet which is not a serious predator of honey bees, will be key factors in control.Asian Hornet (BWARS) (1).jpg

Information is still coming in on the best way to deal with the Asian Hornet, so at the moment we can only advise members to be vigilant around their apiaries, use monitoring traps with discretion, report any sightings [see below] and most importantly sign up with BeeBase and keep checking for the latest information

The body is almost completely dark brown or black, with a distinctive yellow band on the 4th segment of the abdomen, and the lower legs are yellow. 

There is an excellent ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app available to download from the Apple and Android app stores which can be used for identification and reporting.

You can report also report sightings by email to alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk with a photo or on the Non-native Species Secretariat website.

Details on the appearance of an Asian hornet can be found on Bee Base guide or the non-native species identification guide.

The Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat is a joint venture between Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government to tackle the threat of invasive species. More information can be found on their website http://www.nonnativespecies.org/home/index.cfm

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