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Asian Hornet (Devon)

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Blackbury Honey Farm

Southleigh

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The Asian hornet (yellow-legged hornet, or Vespa velutina nigrithorax) is an invasive species which is endemic in France and has been sighted in the UK a number of times in recent years, albeit without apparently establishing a viable foothold here - yet. Experiences in France and Jersey strongly suggest that the Asian hornet will become established in the UK, and that the impact on honey bee populations - and other insects - will be very significant. As beekeepers, we need to be vigilant for this new threat, and mindful of how we may need to adapt our beekeeping practices longer term.

This course aims to review the natural history of the hornet, and experiences of beekeepers in France and Jersey, in order to prepare beekeepers in advance of the establishment of Asian hornet populations in the UK. It is aimed at experienced beekeepers who may be leading or assisting with Asian hornet awareness activities within local beekeeping associations.

Topics covered will include:

  • Natural history of Vespa velutina
  • Impacts upon honeybee colonies
  • UK Sightings and alerts to date
  • Monitoring for Asian hornets - Traps, baits, confusers
  • Marking, tracking, nest finding
  • Cooperation between government, beekeepers, and other organisations
  • Experiences in France and Jersey
  • Adapting beekeeping practices
  • Planning for the future

It should be noted that this is a one-day course rather than the usual two-day NDB Short Course format.

Course Fees

Fees for students from England and Wales are generously subsidised by the Defra Healthy Bees Plan. Early-bird bookings are discounted to £44, standard bookings are £52. Fees for students from other areas (inc. Scotland) is £120. This fee includes all consumables, course handouts, refreshments and a light lunch. For expert tuition by highly-qualified tutors, this represents very good value for money.

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Joining instructions with course outline, what to bring, and venue information will be sent to students upon booking.

Target Audience

The NDB Short Courses can provide valuable discussion, learning, and hands-on experience for beekeepers planning to take the BBKA Assessments above Basic level. The Short Courses are aimed at those beekeepers with some experience of the craft; they are not aimed at novices. We can provide guidance to applicants as to the appropriateness of our Short Courses to their stage of beekeeping. We do ask that students respect this policy.

Students are welcome to apply on a first come, first served basis, but must be beekeepers with 5 or more colonies and at least 5 years of beekeeping experience, who hold a BBKA Basic (or equivalent) certificate.

Cancellation Policy

The NDB reserves the right to reschedule or cancel advertised courses. Should this be necessary then you will be given the option of a refund or a transfer to another course/date. We will give as much notice as possible, but regret that we cannot be responsible for any other costs such as those relating to travel or accommodation that might result from this.

Students who have booked on courses may cancel and receive a full refund if notice of cancellation is received at least four weeks before the course start date. If notice of cancellation is received less than four weeks before the course start date, refunds will only be issued if the cancelled place(s) can be re-sold.

A course booking indicates an acceptance of this cancellation policy.


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