• 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.


 BBKA Insurance cover when working as AHAT  teams

Some time ago I was asked to look into the issue of BBKA beekeeper’s insurance and whether it covered beekeepers undertaking AHAT activity,   We it appear that it does, but with a couple of reservations.   It would seem that seeking to protect one’s bees from a destructive pest  and locating that pest’s origin is  a recognised activity under the terms of the insurance.    Diane Roberts, BBKA Press Officer, tells me that:

1) The Brokers agree that you are covered to setting up traps and sorting out which direction they are flying in and following them to the nest. You are not covered in respect of any destruction of the nest. You are not allowed under Common Law to cross private land ( NBU may have an exemption).

2) You will be still be subject to the height restriction of not working more than 3 metres from the ground. However, we believe that if you are on a properly maintained and insured cherry picker and leashed to the cage you can count the 3 metres from the floor of the cage.

This second caveat is unlikely to concern AHAT members as we have agreed to report positive sightings of AH to NNSS and NBU and it will be their responsibility to undertake any activity relating to destruction of the nests or to contract pest control operatives to do this work.

I would guess the Common Law prohibition on crossing private land relates to circumstances where you do not have the permission of the land owner and is covered by laws relating to trespass.   I will look into this  and clarify if this would still be a limiting condition on the insurance if one has obtained the permission of the landowner to track hornets across the property or to nest site on the property.

Colin Lodge

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