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The non-native Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a serious predator of European native insects.  It is a risk to all pollinators, but particularly to honey bees, which are the primary managed pollinators of crops in the UK, and it is a significant threat to commercial and hobby beekeeping. Nature conservation organisations, including the RSPB, are concerned about the impacts of Asian hornets on pollinating species and UK biodiversity.

Native to Asia, in 2004 the Asian hornet was inadvertently introduced into France, became established and spread rapidly into neighbouring countries.  It was found in the Channel Islands in 2016 and is now established on Jersey.

One nest was found in the UK in 2016 and one in 2017; both were destroyed.  In 2018 two nests were found in Cornwall and two in Hampshire; single male and female hornets were found in Surrey, Hull, Lancashire, Kent, Cornwall and on the Poole/Cherbourg ferry. 

An Asian hornet nest can produce many young queens in the autumn, which mate and hibernate over winter before migrating and developing new nests the following spring.  Destroying nests before the new queens are produced and mated will help to slow the rate at which the Asian hornet will become established in the UK and give more time to develop effective ways to deal with it. 

Hibernating or mated queens could enter the UK in shipments of goods, or in cars, caravans, camping equipment or boats.

Asian and European hornets comparedThe Asian hornet has distinctive yellow legs and is also known as the Yellow-legged Hornet; the body is mostly dark brown/black, but has a yellow/orange band towards the back end of the abdomen.  Its colouring is very different from the native European hornet, Vespa crabro, which is not a serious predator of honey bees, is a beneficial insect in UK biodiversity and should not be harmed. 

For further information and an identification poster please visit the GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) at or the National Bee Unit at

Information on identification and who to contact for help with identification is also available on the Asian Hornet Action Team (AHAT) website and on the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) website at  or you can contact your local beekeeping association.

An excellent Asian Hornet Watch app is free to download from the Apple and Android app stores or through links via the BBKA, NNSS or National Bee Unit websites and includes photos and information about Asian hornets and other insects that may be mistaken for them.

Please look out for the Asian hornet, and report any sightings so that the nests can be found and destroyed.

If you think you have seen an Asian hornet please take a picture and email it with details of where you saw it and your contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or use the Asian Hornet Watch app to send a picture and a location via GPS in the app straight to the Non-native Species Secretariat.

Do not approach a suspected nest.  Asian hornets do not generally sting without provocation but may attack in a group if the nest is threatened or disturbed.

Liz Rescorla, County Secretary, Dorset Beekeepers’ Association

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Manor Grove
Communal Hall


10.30am - 12.00

Entrance: 50p
includes cake & biscuits


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*As at 23rd September 2018.

Waste Watch Scheme
- operating in the village.

Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

Your used newspapers and magazines can be bundled into manageable piles and securely tied with sturdy string. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled separately but can be placed in the same boxes and are regularly collected.

Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.

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MOG 2019

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Mondays and Fridays

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 10.15am

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 13.15am

Visit the Aline Taxis website HERE

Monday, 25 03 2019

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Winterbourne Valley
CE VA First School
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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Collections take place

5 Saturday - recycling and food
11 Friday - rubbish and food
17 - recycling and food
24 - rubbish and food
31 - recycling and food

7 - rubbish and food
14 - recycling and food
21 - rubbish and food
28 - recycling and food

MARCH 2019
7 - rubbish and food
14 - recycling and food
21 - rubbish and food
28 - recycling and food

APRIL 2019
4 - rubbish and food
11 - recycling and food
18 - rubbish and food
25 - recycling and food

MAY 2019
2 - rubbish and food
9 - recycling and food
16 - rubbish and food
23 - recycling and food
30 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2019
6 - recycling and food
13 - rubbish and food
20 - recycling and food
27 - rubbish and food

JULY 2019
4 - recycling and food
11 - rubbish and food
18 - recycling and food
25 - rubbish and food

1 - recycling and food
8 - rubbish and food
15 - recycling and food
22 - rubbish and food
29 - recycling and food

5 - rubbish and food
12 - recycling and food
19 - rubbish and food
26- recycling and food

* Except where otherwise stated

The next start date for the garden waste service is 01/12/2018 – sign up by 31st October 2018.If you miss this deadline the next opportunity to start collections will be 1st April 2019.

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