Kevin Pope, the Seasonal Bee Inspector rang me this morning to confirm that I was correct in suspecting American Foul Brood in the hive at Bovington. I asked him where he thought it came from as there are no other cases recorded in the area. He said that the most likely source was an unwashed honey jar! Apparently 94% of imported honey contains AFB spores!
My friend at Bovington will close them up and destroy the bees with petrol this evening and Kevin will burn the contents and scorch the woodwork next week. I hope I can be there but the diary is crowded as usual. Then will be some prolonged diary matching with Kevin as he is now duty bound to inspect the rest of my hives on 14 more sites. I suspect we won’t complete it this year!