Thousands of visitors poured into the bees & honey feature at the Bath & West at the end of August.
Their first stop was Somerset’s Asian hornet action team’s stand which had lots to attract attention including pinned specimens, a nest, information to give away and colouring in sheets for children.
Further round the building they had the chance to watch live bees in an observation hive and, on the Somerset stand, see some of the fruits and vegetables pollinated by insects and talk to beekeepers about this fascinating craft.
Winner of the Blue Ribbon for the best exhibit in the honey show was Somerset member Bridget Knutson from Cheddar with three jars of this season’s honey; she will take these jars to the National Honey Show in October.
Successful showing couple Mark and Christine Gullick from Axbridge will also be exhibiting at the National Honey Show buoyed by some excellent first place cards.
Congratulations to Mark and Christine Gullick from Burnham Division who were awarded the Bronze Bee for winning the most points at Bristol’s Bee and Pollination Festival on Saturday.
They beat extremely tough competition to scoop seven firsts, five seconds, three thirds and one highly commended. Next stop: the National Honey Show!
For the first time we're staging a second exhibit exclusively focusing on Asian hornets (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) at the Royal Bath & West Show which runs from tomorrow until Saturday (May 29-June 1) in Shepton Mallet.
We want to alert visitors to the imminent arrival of Asian hornets in the UK this season with huge banners, Asian Hornet Action Team co-ordinator Lynne Ingram's glass cases displaying pinned Asian hornets and other insects, leaflets and cards to take away and children's colouring-in sheets.
Our AHAT will be on hand to talk to beekeepers and the public about Asian hornets - how to identify them, how to report them, the threat they pose to our honeybees and other pollinators.
In Jersey 70 plus Asian hornet queens have been discovered already this year; in France, where Asian hornets arrived in 2004, honey production is down by 50 per cent which reflects the impact these hornets are having on honeybee numbers.
Asian hornets are a notifiable invasive species and should be reported immediately with photo using:
Asian Hornet Watch app
Somerset Beekeepers will be out in force at the Royal Bath & West Show starting tomorrow (Wednesday) at Shepton Mallet.
Our preparations in the Bees & Honey marquee are well underway - don't be put off by this photo which was taken on Sunday! What promises to be an attention-grabbing stand will demonstrate the invaluable role honeybees play in the pollination of the nation’s best-loved food crops.
Plus there will be our usual team of experienced beekeepers on hand to talk about the craft to visitors.
The feature is run by three counties - Somerset, Avon and Wiltshire - and includes a honey show, candle rolling for children, free honey tasting and advice about all aspects of beekeeping.
Plus visitors will have plenty of opportunity to see honeybees at work in observation hives, where bees are behind glass, and in the outdoor bee garden where beekeepers will demonstrate behind protective netting.
If you're at the Show, do come and hello!
Help is required on Sunday, May 27 to set up our popular bees and honey displays.
If you can lend a hand, please contact Ken Tredgett firstname.lastname@example.org 01373 464736