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