Sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Asian Hornet

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:

Commercially Open Species Data

Some, most, perhaps even all of you will be aware of the very rapid changes the conservation sector is being put through at the moment. One of the biggest changes we are adapting to is the push for 'Open Data'.

The term Open Data means different things depending on your personal views, what you've read and or what organisation you work for! At its most fundamental, for me at least, i guess it means data that is available and visible to whoever wants or otherwise needs to use it.

Bats at Ten Acres

The annual follow up to Court Hey Park just down the road at the island woodland of Ten Acre Pits was just as enticing as the walk a few days earlier. The turn out was also good with a similar number of people arriving. Many regulars and returnees from the previous years along with Brian from the Friends checking in for most of the night to keep us in check!

Mothin' at Court Hey Park

Orange Sallow - Tiliacea citrago (Damian Young)

For a week or two we'd had superb moth conditions. Warm days followed by warm evenings, low wind and just the right amount of cloud!

So when the moth night arrived on Friday 9th September we had great expectations! As a public event hosted by the National Wildflower Centre we started slightly earlier than usual to give people an introduction. Giving time to set up and have a little chat with families and interested members of the public. Stylishly later several MBAN members also joined the fray with the welcome addition of the Lancashire Moth Groups Colin Daly.

Bats at Court Hey Park

Every year we undertake a public bat walk at Court Hey Park. Promoted by the Knowsley Ranger Service (Karen Brady) and kindly hosted by the National Wildflower Centre. I wear both my Merseyside BioBank and Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group hats! The night kicked off with the traditional quiz.

This years having some mean twists just to keep people on their toes.

Do you know which direction a bat always goes when it leaves roost?

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