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 #6440  by NigelP
 14 Apr 2020, 19:19
For those who take their bees to the moors....the following news article may be of interest.
Billions of heather beetles killed by cold North Easterly winds and washed up on the beaches around Scarborough.
We have similar weather conditions arising again this weekend, hot and warm tomorrow and Thursday and back to cold NE winds. Seems like the "annual curse" of cold NE winds around the coast here may have it's's hoping a few billion more meet their maker.
How or why they ended up in the sea is not clear.....the moors are quite a way North and inland from Scarborough.
Report from the Scarborough news.
 #6471  by Chrisbarlow
 15 Apr 2020, 18:20
I saw that article Nigel. It's fascinating how nature seems to have killed this beetle in Such numbers. As you say, hopefully a good sign for the Heather Moors.
 #6519  by MickBBKA
 17 Apr 2020, 11:39
Steve 1972 wrote:
16 Apr 2020, 12:44
I was reading about it this morning..weired how the beetles where heading out to sea..I wonder what had driven them to do it.
Or..... Could it be beetles migrating into the area from elsewhere ?? Just sayin :D
 #8240  by NigelP
 14 Jul 2020, 15:08
A heather update for anyone thinking of taking their bees to it.
Western edges of the North Yorks moors are badly affected in places by heather beetle damage. Whilst there are vast swathes of living heather there are also vast swathes of dead heather, it's not a nice sight. The earlier mass spring beetle kill on the east coast didn't have much effect on the west side.
Bell is all in flower....The ling is still 2-3 weeks off.
I shall probably start taking my bees to 2 of the local moors towards the end of this month. Am uniting and strengthening colonies in preparation already.