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Down in Devon the Association has called on local branches to brief their members on what to do should anybody suspect a sighting, also appointing an Asian Hornet Co-ordinator.  Here we have included the latest guidance from Devon Beekeepers Association about what to do if you think you have found or seen an Asian Hornet.

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Guidance for Beekeepers (excellent advice from the Devon BKA)

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 one of your hive’s roof.

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.  ([email protected])  Also report to the [local Association] 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 [local Association] General Secretary
• If appropriate start noting flight lines.

Here is the link to the Newton Abbot branch page with further information about what to do in the case of a suspected siting to gather all of the right information to send to the Non-Native Species secretariat.

Be part of/lead a surveillance team from Branch members. (See www.ahat.co.uk for details of aims)