Asian Hornet Awareness Week 7th -13th September

LBKA Asian Hornet coordinator, Stewart Maher, has issued the following press release to multiple news and social media organisation in Lincolnshire. We would like all members to be aware of this and to contribute if possible. Members can contact Stewart via our contacts page.



Local beekeepers on a mission to save bees from invasive Asian Hornet
Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association are on a mission to save local bees from an invasive species of hornet, who threatens to wipe out hives and other insect life across the county. 
Stewart Maher, Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association’s Asian Hornet Coordinator, is calling upon Lincolnshire residents to be vigilant when out and about, and look for Asian Hornets and nests this Asian Hornet Awareness Week – which runs from Monday 7 September. 
Asian Hornets are an incredibly destructive invasive species, and specialising in preying on honey bee hives. The hornets ‘hawk’ the front of target bee hives, killing honey bees and feeding them to their young. One Asian Hornet alone can kill 60-90 honey bees per day, and dozens of them will ‘hawk’ a hive simultaneously decimating the bees, meaning it can be destroyed or irreparably weakened to the extent it can’t survive.
Stewart said: “The Asian Hornet is one of the biggest threats to our bees. It goes without saying that due to global warming, intensive farming and less flora and fauna, our wonderful honey bee is under severe threat already. I’ve seen first hand the damage Asian Hornet‘s can do to a hive; they systematically destroy it and in France, where they are now established, they are an ecological disaster. Since this is an invasive species, our bees don’t have any defences against them – but we can protect them. We can be their defence.” 
You can identify an Asian Hornet by it’s very distinct markings – they’re a similar size to a European Hornet, which is two or three times the size of a common wasp, are black with a yellow stripe on their abdomen, brown upper leg with distinct yellow lower leg.
Last year Stewart traveled to Jersey, where they have become established due to their close proximity to France, to help local volunteers track and destroy Asian Hornet nests. In a week, the team discovered and removed several nests. In 2019, a total of 83 nests were found on the Channel Island and without the extraordinary efforts of local beekeepers, beekeeping would be impossible on the island.
Stewart added: “It’s heartbreaking to see what has happened in Jersey, and we do not want that to happen in Lincolnshire. If just one nest is missed and not destroyed, then six to ten more will crop up the following season. We need to get ahead of this potential catastrophe, now. That’s why I’m calling on everyone in Lincolnshire to be vigilant, be aware of hornet sightings, look out for nests which are usually high up in trees, and report any sightings.  We are extremely concerned that they will spread into the UK and Lincolnshire, and if they do it’s vital to eliminate them before they can establish themselves. This is because they are entering a new environment where local wildlife have developed no natural defences, and they can multiply to the point that all honey bees are threatened which is what’s happened in France, Portugal, Northern Spain and now The Channel Islands’.
Asian Hornets are also a threat to people, as their sting is very powerful so it could put an adult in hospital. Multiple stings from the Hornets have caused fatalities in Europe where they are now endemic.
If you think you see an Asian Hornet or nest, you can do one, or all, of the following: 
• take a photo on your phone for identification and report it by email. 
• Report it to the National Bee Unit, or call 03003030094.  
• Each area’s Beekeepers Association has an Asian Hornet Coordinator who can advise or help with identification, which you can find by searching Asian Hornet Action Team Map on Google. 
• Download the Asian Hornet Watch app, available on iOS and Android. 
Reporting a possible sighting of an Asian Hornet nest is quick, free, and easy and has the potential to make a huge difference in the fight against this invasive species. 

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Advise on Tending Hives during Covid-19 – From the BBKA and the National Bee Unit


Bees are considered as livestock so you can visit them. You may visit your bees for welfare purposes such as for checking feed or queen cell preparation.

Link to Full details on BBKA website.


Due to the national situation overtaking us somewhat, we find ourselves in a situation where we do not have the required essential volunteers to run a safe and secure auction. It is therefore with regret that we will have to postpone the event to a later date in the summer. It is very much a case of being damned if we do and damned if we don’t, but as mentioned, circumstances have made it impossible to run at this stage.

LBKA Lincoln District
Annual Auction Sale of Bees & Equipment

Saturday 21st March 2020

At the Lincolnshire Showground Grange-de -Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA
Just off the A15 north of Lincoln

Bees and equipment accepted for sale from 1:30pm till 5:30pm on Friday 20th March and 8:30am to 10:00am on the day of the sale
Viewing from 09:00am Saturday

12½% Sellers commission – 10% Buyers premium
Anyone wishing to place a reserve on a lot will have to pay a charge of £1 payable at the time the Lot is registered.
Refunded if item sold


To sell or buy, you need to register at the desk before the sale begins and obtain a customer number

The sale will start promptly at 10:30am.
Auction of live bees will commence at approx 1:00pm

Further details can be obtained from

LBKA AGM and Spring Lecture

Sunday 15th March 2020 1pm – 4pm

At International Bomber Command Centre
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 2HQ


You are invited to the LBKA Spring Lecture and AGM on Sunday 15th March 2020. The venue is the International Bomber Command Centre nr. Lincoln at 1.00pm followed by the AGM at 3.00pm.

The venue is open to the public, if you have friends or relatives that may not fancy the Asian Hornet presentation, the exhibition, spire and memorial wall is open and well worth a visit. If you want to make a day of it, the onsite café is open too.

Andrews’ talk promises to be full of the latest research, graphics, photographs and first-hand experience of French beekeepers. He recently presented to Northants Beekeepers and the secretary wrote afterwards. “Thank you so much for your excellent presentation on Saturday. Superbly researched, explained with great clarity, and supported by absolutely excellent graphics. I can’t thank you enough. You did an excellent job in alerting people to the scale of the threat of the AH, and raising awareness that I hope will lead to extra vigilance. We had a number of volunteers for the AHATs initiative.”

Details of the AGM to follow.

Many thanks and see you there.


Details of  Lecture. 

Speaker: Andrew Durham – “The Beekeepers Guide to the Asian Hornet”. 
Introduction: the experience of a beekeeper in northern France, I explain the sources for the briefing in some detail and introduce three French beekeepers.

Asian Hornet: we look at the reason the Asian hornet is such a problem to beekeepers, its annual lifecycle and its nests.

Invasion of France: we look at the invasion of France in order to understand the potential scale of the problem and we look at the factors that have affected its success in colonising different areas of France. We look at the factors that affect nest numbers each year and the effect of controls such as spring trapping and nest destruction.

Opportunities for Nest Control: we look at the controls that can be effected over the course of the year and examine the controversy about the spring trapping of foundress queens. We look at nest location and destruction.

The hornet and the honeybee: we look at the predation of the honeybee and the effect of that predation.Defences in the

Apiary: we look at the countermeasures beekeepers can employ to help their bees i.e. only those that French and now Spanish beekeepers have found to be effective.

Management of Bees under Predation: Bees that are being predated by the Asian Hornet are under great stress as well as being at risk of a mass attack on the hive. We look at measures to relieve that stress and to protect the hive.


AGM Starts at approx: 3pm

Sleaford District – Beginners Beekeeping Course.

An integrated theory and practical course to be held at Whisby Education Centre, Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane
Thorpe on the Hill, Lincs, LN6 9BW

To run on Saturdays between mid March and mid May, plus some practical/hands on session at our Apiary site later in the season.

Commencing Saturday March 14th

Fee: £70 per person (under 18s £35)

Course contact: Keith Baker, Sleaford Beekeepers

Horncastle District – Beginning Beekeeping Course 

An integrated theory and practical course to be held at ‘Jolly Sailor’, Hagnaby Lock, Stickney, PE22 8BX

Eight Tuesday evenings antwo field days later in the season
Commencing Tuesday 4th February 2020  7-9pm
Fee: £70 per person (under 18s £35)

Course contact: Clare George  Secretary, Horncastle Beekeepers
Email:,  tel: 07919 130380

Market Rasen District – Beginning Beekeeping Course. 

Market Rasen District is offering a Beginning Beekeeping course for the 10th year with 2 experienced tutors

Start date Sunday 3rd May 2020 at 9am.

This is an integrated theory and practical course of 6 sessions on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings.

Protective clothing supplied.
Venue: District workshop and apiary in Legsby near Market Rasen.

Fee: £70 for adults,. £35 for children under 18 or anyone in full-time education. Pay full fee on application or deposit of £20 with Full fee payable by 1st April 202

Further details from course tutor, Celia Smith email: or tel 07527 600698.
Please note numbers are limited in order to give course participants the best experience around a hive.

The LBKA now has a Social Media Policy. 

LBKA Social Media Policy

Membership fees will remain the same in 2020.

There will be no increase in membership fees for 2020, (unless your district fee changes).  A breakdown of where you money goes is show on our membership breakdown page.  (No promises, but LBKA is looking into individual members being able to renew online, no paper form.)

At the Central Committee meeting on the Tuesday 9th July it was agreed to stop producing the Quarterly Review.


We request that members consider what form of communication the LBKA Central Council should have with the membership.  Please join the discussion on Facebook or send your replies to the website manager.

Lincolnshire Beekeepers Associations wins TWO trophies at the County Show.  

The Gamekeeper Cup for best stand in the Countryside Area and also The Witham Group Cup for runner up best stand in the showground (over 600 stands).  A new report available with photos

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