Asian hornet experts briefed the South West Beekeepers’ Forum and posed outside the venue with an outsize model of the invasive insect. Pictured are, from left to right, Dr Pete Kennedy, a research fellow at the University of Exeter; North Devon beekeeper Martyn Hocking, who discovered Asian hornets in his apiary last year; South West Beekeepers’ Forum Chairman Peter Darley; beekeeper Bob Hogge from Jersey where Asian hornets established within a year.
At this week’s meeting of the South West Beekeepers’ Forum (SWBKF) the focus was firmly on the Asian hornet.
The Forum represents about 10,000 beekeepers from Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Jersey, Salisbury, Somerset and Wiltshire beekeeping associations.
Among the experts meeting up in Taunton were:
For more info about the meeting, click here for the press release.