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07 November 2017

BeeWatch to launch in December

BeeWatch

BeeWatch is an App based, alerting system that links pesticide users and beekeepers together to protect the last ‘managed’ pollinator.  

The beekeeper and the pest controller are directly linked in real time.

Bees contribute £650 million to the UK economy every year yet the number of colonies has fallen by 54% since 1965 and currently, 85% of colonies are managed by enthusiastic amateurs.

A registered pest controller will be able to anonymously record a treatment using the BeeWatch App as soon as they know when it will take place.  A notification then gets sent to all beekeepers within a 5km radius. The beekeeper can respond by closing their beehives to minimise potential exposure.

As a pest controller, you can see registered apiaries on the map and a messaging system notifies local beekeepers if you want to inform them of a swarm which is available to be collected.

This is a simple but highly effective two-way communication system that creates a community including farmers, golf courses and other landowners with a common aim to protect honeybees across the UK.  There is a nominal cost every year to be registered to use the App.

More information

lb@uwatch.co.uk
01491 651229
www.bee.watch

Source: Online

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