National Bee Unit inspectors are carrying out enhanced surveillance in Dover, in response to a clear photo of an Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) taken by a member of the public.
The National Bee Unit is encouraging beekeepers and the public to remain vigilant, especially near ivy in full flower which is particularly attractive to Vespa velutina.
Please report sightings of Vespa velutina using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form. Please direct all media enquires to Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
A local Asian Hornet Team member in the Rayleigh area of Essex captured three hornets and reported this using the Asian Hornet Watch app. National Bee Unit inspectors were dispatched to the location to carry out enhanced surveillance and the hornets were confirmed as Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).
An Asian hornet nest in a sycamore tree was killed in the Rayleigh area of Essex on Friday the 30th September and removed the following day. Monitoring will continue in the area supported by local beekeepers.
The ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app is free to download from the Apple and Android app stores.
Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's news page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.
The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in:
• Wales: Whole country, but particularly north and Ceredigion.
• South West: Whole region
• West: Avon, Staffordshire, Shropshire
• East: Norfolk, but particularly north
• North East: Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire
• North West: Greater Sheffield area (SW Yorkshire, NW Derbyshire)
• Central: Northamptonshire, North Buckinghamshire, Hampshire
• South East: Kent, East Sussex
If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the region.
Ar hyn o bryd, mae gan yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol swyddi gwag ar gyfer Arolygwyr Gwenyn Tymhorol yn y rhanbarthau canlynol:
• Cymru: Y wlad gyfan, ond Ceredigion a'r gogledd yn bennaf.
• De Orllewin: Yr ardal gyfan
• Gorllewin: Avon, Swydd Stafford a Swydd Henffordd
• Dwyrain: Norfolk, ond ardal y gogledd yn bennaf
• Gogledd Ddwyrain: Swydd Lincoln a Swydd Dwyrain Efrog
• Gogledd Orllewin: Ardal Sheffield Fwyaf (DO Swydd Efrog, GDd Swydd Derby)
• Canolbarth: Swydd Northampton, Gogledd Swydd Buckingham, Hampshire
• De Ddwyrain: Caint, Dwyrain Sussex
Os oes gennych ddiddordeb mewn gwneud cais ar gyfer y swyddi hyn, gellir dod o hyd i'r holl fanylion ar Swyddi'r Gwasanaeth Sifil.
Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau am y rôl, cysylltwch â'r Arolygydd Gwenyn Rhanbarthol ar gyfer y rhanbarth.
National Bee Unit inspectors are carrying out enhanced surveillance near Chelmsford, in response to a compelling report of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).
Further information regarding the yellow-legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. For media enquiries, please contact the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
We ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase by logging in and updating their my apiaries page, report suspected sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form.
During the period Midday 12th August to Midday 17th August, some automated emails from BeeBase will not have been sent.
Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request.
Some systems affected included:
- Password reset emails
- Username reminders
All emails are now being processed as normal.
Many beekeepers are reporting the presence of large numbers of wasps in apiaries and around their bee hives. Please refer to the National Bee Unit factsheet on how to manage wasps: Wasp facts.
Mae llawer o wenynwyr yn cofnodi presenoldeb nifer enfawr o wenyn meirch mewn gwenynfeydd ac o amgylch eu cychod gwenyn. Cyfeiriwch at daflen ffeithiau yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol ar sut i ddelio â gwenyn meirch: Ffeithiau gwenyn.
The NBU were called to a consignment of queen bees that were being imported through Dover Port without the Health Certificate. This led to action being taken resulting in the Queen bees being humanely destroyed.
Information on how to legally import honey bee Queens can be found on the imports/ export page at https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=126
We are currently experiencing some issues with outbound emails from Bee Base. The issue is being investigated.
However, please note that you may not receive the following emails:
- Password reset requests
- Username reminder requests
- Welcome emails for new users
- 3km disease notifications
Thank you for your patience.
Update:All emails have now been sent out, and normal service resumed.
The National Bee Unit is carrying out enhanced monitoring and awareness raising together with local beekeepers after a single insect, confirmed to be Vespa velutina was killed at a sentinel apiary, reported by a beekeeper.
Laboratory analysis has shown that the Asian hornet was a female but as it was dried out and damaged it couldn’t be ascertained if it was a queen or worker. Additionally it is highly likely to be from the European population rather than a new introduction from Asia and is highly unlikely to be the offspring of either of last year’s nests in the UK.
Further information regarding the yellow legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
We continue to ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase (guidance here) and report suspect sightings here.
We are currently experiencing an error with our registration page which is preventing beekeepers from registering. We are working hard to find a fix and will update this News items as soon as a fix is found.
To register, please come back in a few days or give the NBU a call on 0300 3030094 and we can process your registartion for you.
UPDATE: This has now been fixed.