ahere was a very warm welcome and encouraging response to SBKA’s address to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Monday (June 25).
I was asked by campaigning charity Sense about Science to focus on how we use evidence in our everyday activities and talked about our links with Exeter University around Asian hornets.
Speaking in response, Mary Greagh, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, pledged her support in the fight against their establishment.
“Part of what I want the committee to be looking at is how we watch out for Asian hornets, that invasive species which is coming into our country and potentially wiping out populations of bees.”
And she admired the passion people have for bees and described them as ‘these magical creatures that wander around our gardens doing this incredibly important but mostly invisible work’.
The slots were only 60 seconds but that was plenty long enough to bring beekeepers and honeybees to the attention of some of the decision-makers in the government. And it has given us other ‘warm’ contacts to approach if we need to in the future.
Sense about Science say to watch out for an article about the event, including our (very small!) part in it, which should appear in The Guardian.
Anne Pike, SBKA Chairman
Today SBKA is giving evidence to the Houses of Commons Science & Technology Committee as part of campaigning charity Sense about Science’s Evidence Week which highlights the need for evidence-based policy.
For us this is about links with Exeter University, who are conducting research in Europe where the invasive and predatory Asian hornet has become widespread.
Based on their findings (and the advice of our bee inspectors), we are taking a ‘recognition and reporting’ approach.
We are one of two dozen national and community organisations taking part in this week of briefings and events.
With the row about the third runway at Heathrow today, and the fact that these slots are only last 60 seconds, don’t expect a mention on the news!
But it is an honour for me to represent the county’s beekeepers and raise our concerns about Asian hornets to this influential Committee.
Anne Pike, SBKA Chairman
I should like to thank all those members who so generously gave up their time to help in putting together this year's display and returning in the evening at the end of the
Show to dismantle the stalls. Their assistance and hard work are invaluable and very much appreciated.
I must also thank the many stewards who manned the stalls throughout the Show, giving up their valuable time to interact with the visitors, especially the sterling work done by the “newbie” beekeepers. Hopefully they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will look forward to coming back next year.
Congratulations to David Pearce who, this year, won the Somerset Cup, having the
most points amongst the Somerset members.
Once again my thanks to all those members who took part in any way in making this year's Show the success it was. The County Shield was again won by Wiltshire – but it will be back!
Ken Tredgett, SBKA President