Wasp Watch - monitoring and predicting wasp, bee, and insect sting risks in the UK

The WaspWatch UK Sting Forecast

2010  

READ THE NEWS FOR 2010

Please note that due to the inconsistent performance of the
search engines and the regular change in algorithms which can affect
search volumes the data we have been using has become less helpful.
We have therefore decided to stop this service after seven
busy years rather than provide misleading data. We have however
kept our historic data for your interest!

Wasp Watch provides information on insect sting activity - mainly bees, wasps, and hornets - in the UK on a current and historic basis.

The site also provides short term predictions of sting risks for the next week as shown above in the red lettering.

Data recording commenced in January 2003 and it is interesting to note the considerable differences in insect sting activity from one month to the next and one year to the next. In the UK at least the general level of sting activity is forecast to rise as global warming increases mean temperatures and wasps such as Vespula Germanica (German Wasp) move northwards from Southern England into northern England, Scotland and Wales.

However, environmental warming also seems to bring with it more severe storms, wind and rain, and that has a negative impact on wasp and bee populations - the highest level of sting activity will normally take place when there is the least severe weather in the winter and spring seasons before the summer. We have alse experienced more recently problems with our bee populations arising from both mite infestation and fungus disease.

Sting incidence is therefore a blunt but interesting tool to measure the health of UK hymenoptera in general and an excellent way to view and measure trends of stinging insect populations in general.

All data is based on information gathered from the leading website on insect stings and interprets that information in order to provide user friendly information on wasp, bee and hornet activity.

Our published information consists of:

  • Historic data from January 2003 to date on a monthly basis (Monthly Indices)
  • Weekly data during the peak months of July to September(Weekly Indices)
  • Forecasts of sting activity (WaspWatch Sting Forecast) for the next week
  • Review and forecast of the worst week each year for insect sting activity
  • Review of the worst year so far since our records began

More detail on the methodology used by us is explained here.

Finally, this site values the importance of bees and wasps and all stinging insects in our natural ecology and we would strongly urge all our visitors to care for and look after all stinging insects. The destruction of these insects and their nests, unless they are a real danger to others, is strongly discouraged.

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