Notting Hill honey bee’s need our protection as they are threatened not only by pesticides but now by Asian hornets which lurk outside our honey bees nests and as soon as one pops out bites its head off. They carry on decapitating our friendly little pollinators until all the bees are dead and then go in and steal their honey. Poor Notting Hill bees. Their northern cousins are alright because it is too cold up there for the 3cm long Asian hornets, Vespa velutina, to survive.
So we will need to help our stripy natives. The best thing to do is look out for a large wapsy looking thing (pic) it’s legs are brown with yellow ends if you can get that close. They are roughly three times the size of a bee. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed a sighting of an Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) this week, in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire and it’s only a matter of time until one nips into someones Range Rover and hitches a lift to Notting Hill. Make sure any of you country dwellers check your cars. Defra is using cameras and traps to locate nests before attempting to kill them off with pesticides. If you spot one you should try and take a photo and email [email protected]