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There has been a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire

Photograph of the Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

Photograph of the Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the

Asian hornet in theTetbury area of Gloucestershire –

the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and

poses no greater risk to human health than a bee.

However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is

already underway, which includes:

  • setting up a 3 mile surveillance zone around Tetbury
  • opening a local control centre to coordinate the response
  • deploying bee inspectors across the area who will
  • use infrared cameras
  • and traps to locate any nests
  • readying nest disposal experts who will use
  • pesticides to kill the hornets
  • and destroy any nests

Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said:

We have been anticipating the arrival of the Asian hornet for some years

and have a well-established protocol in place to eradicate them and control

any potential spread.

It is important to remember they pose no greater risk to human

health than a bee,though we recognise the damage

they can cause to honey bee colonies.

That’s why we are taking swift and robust action to

identify and destroy any nests.

We remain vigilant across the country, working

closely with the National Bee Unit and their

nationwide network of bee inspectors.

A local control centre will be opened tomorrow near

Tetbury and bee inspectors from around England

will be closely monitoring a three mile radius around the

initial sighting.

They will be supported by nest disposal experts who will

use an approved pesticide to destroy any hornets and

remove any nests.

The hornet found in Tetbury is currently undergoing

DNA testing at the National Bee Unit in North Yorkshire

to help establish how it arrived in the UK.

The hornet arrived in France in 2004 and is now

common across large areas of Europe.

It was discovered for the first time in Jersey

and Alderney this summer.

It is believed the species will not be able survive

in the north of the UK due to colder winters.


Notes to Editor

  1. For advice on what to do if you believe you have seen an Asian hornet

  2. please go to the non-native species website

  3. Anyone who believes they have found a nest should not go near it

  4. and report it to

  5. The cost of eradication on private land will be met by APHA

  6. For details on the appearance of an Asian hornet please can be found

  7. onBee Base guide or the non-native species identification guide






























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South Gloucestershire beekeepers are a welcoming group of beekeepers who share a common interest in the craft and long term future of beekeeping.

We have an all year round meeting schedule including indoor talks, education/training courses and lectures during the winter; beekeeping demonstrations at the club apiary and members' apiaries during the summer.

The meetings are lively and educational with lectures covering the basics for newcomers as well as a range of advanced topics including queen rearing for the more experienced beekeeper.

Our members come from all walks of life and all generations with new members always especially welcome

At our outdoor meetiings we will be working live bees so please make arrangements for protective clothing prior to your visit.

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Bees for Beginners

The association will make every effort to help and encourage members who are new or inexperienced,

particularly those who have completed a Basic Beekeeping course.  If nuclei bred at the branch

apiary are available for sale they will be given a high priority for their purchase.  We will provide a mentor

to assist them for the first 18 months and the opportunity to attend practical training sessions

at the apiary.

Members who are new to beekeeping may purchase all the hive equipment required to start

beekeeping from the branch apiary.  


If the beginner wishes to cease bee keeping within their first 18 months, the branch will buy back all the

re-usable equipment at 80% of the cost price. 

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