Asian hornet identified in south Hampshire.

Beekeepers asked to remain vigilant as single Asian hornet is spotted in Hampshire. The National Bee Unit (in GB) has yesterday (Wednesday 3 July 2019) confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire, after it was reported by a member of the public via the Asian Hornet Watch App. Based […]

Bee Inspired

The insects that pollinate around 80% of our food crops are at risk but you can help! Come along and join NIEA , Butterfly Conservation, Bug Life, Roe Valley Bee Keepers and Causeway Coast and Glens Council, learn how you can support pollinators by making small changes that will make a big difference to the […]

Have a bash” in Castle Archdale!

As part of the ‘Aliens on the Lough’ project, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is teaming up with Castle Archdale Country Park to tackle some of the invasive plants growing in the woodland. Volunteers are invited to come along and participate in a Himalayan Balsam Bashing Day on Saturday 1st June 2019 from 1pm – 3pm. […]

The National Bee Unit (NBU) have detected a new Asian hornet nest in New Alresford, Hampshire.

The nest was promptly destroyed by the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) Wildlife Team and the NBU is continuing to search for further nests, with support from local beekeepers. As you may already be aware there have also been recently confirmed cases in Hull and Cornwall.  Two nests have now been destroyed in Cornwall […]

Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS 18 September 2018 Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today urged water users, both recreational and commercial to take precautions when visiting the River Blackwater catchment in Co Tyrone. The warning comes after some […]

Asian hornet sighting confirmed in Cornwall near Fowey

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall. Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said: While the Asian Hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. […]

Risk of spread of marine invasive non-native species

Due to the recent destruction of structures within the marina at Holyhead, by Storm Emma, there is a concern that mobile debris will bring Didemnum vexillum (D. vex) to the eastern seaboard of Ireland. Some of the debris has turned up already on shores in Wicklow in the form of numerous small pieces of poly […]

New sighting of Asian hornet in GB

  See press release from APHA/DEFRA here…..https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire if you think you have seen one of these please enter your records at the 3 options highlighted on the poster below right. Please take photographs and submit them to assist confirmation by the experts;    

Fifth Outbreak of Crayfish Plague in Ireland

There is currently no confirmation that this outbreak is either related to the four previous ones, or a completely new strain of the contagious fungal disease, but tests are currently being carried out by the Fish Health Unit, in the Marine Institute, Galway to determine whether that is the case or not. An article in the […]

Beekeepers urged to be on lookout for Asian hornets

Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are being asked by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to be on the lookout for a hornet that kills our insects including honeybees. Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are being asked by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to be on […]

Invasive Species Ireland

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