• Asian Hornet Watch app

    Asian Hornet Watch

    It is important to report any suspected sighting of Asian hornets as soon as possible.

    Vigilance is particularly required in southern parts of England and Wales and around major ports.  The Asian hornet is active mainly between April and November and is inactive over the winter.

    For quick identification, please download the Asian Hornet Watch app on either iPhone or Android free of charge.

Beekeepers’ Guidance

Download the Identification Leaflet

Preparation – Contact your neighbour beekeepers (including non-members) and discuss plans for a local sighting of an Asian Hornet, using this guidance where appropriate

Have a laminated copy of the Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) Asian Hornet Alert attached to underside of the  roof of one of hives.

Action to be taken on Sighting of Asian Hornet

  • Report to the NNSS – they will take no further action until evidence (Asian Hornet or Photograph) of the Asian Hornet is produced.  (Use this email address alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk)  Also report to the DBKA General Secretary
  • Report to Branch Point of Contact for Asian Hornet sighting (& local Bee Inspector)
  • Be part of/lead a surveillance team from Branch members.
  • Be aware of how to recognise Asian Hornet – use Asian Hornet Watch APP (http://www.nonnativespecies.org/home/index.cfm)
  • Ensure you have suitable equipment with you – see Branch Guidance
  • Work in pairs
  • Ensure records are kept of sightings and other relevant information
  • Do not release details of location or personal details – no press disclosure
  • Be sensitive to land ownership & general public
  • Act with caution & care
  • Take video recordings and obtain sample where possible
  • Report & send evidence to the National Bee Unit (NBU) (http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=117)
  • Confirm to the DBKA General Secretary
  • If appropriate start noting flight lines.

Guidance for Branches

How to obtain a sample






17th January 2018

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