Asian Hornet Week 2021 6th - 10th September

We are asking everyone to be vigilant in looking out for this alien species, the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina. This hornet could decimate our pollinators including our honey bees, it is important to have everyone actively looking for it.

Presentations for Asian hornet week can be found here

Follow the BBKA on social media and share the Asian hornet week posts to help raise awareness


Autumn is the time for trapping as wasps and hornets lose their sources of floral nectar and find hives full of honey very attractive. We are asking beekeepers to put an hour aside every day to watch for hornets hawking their hives during Asian Hornet Week. 

Our patron, Jimmy Doherty, has sent this message for Asian Hornet Week:

Asian hornet press release

We have also prepared a press release you can send to local radio stations and newspapers:



A brilliant article from APHA Science blog by Peter Davies. 

The threat of the Asian hornet

The blog covers the background, the threat they pose, role of AHT and dealing with an incursion. A must read for all involved in their local AHT teams! 

Effect on Biodiversity

From the Invasive Species Compendium

Hornets are well known for their attacks on other hymenopteran species, especially honey bees. Studies by Muller et al. (2010, 2013) in France demonstrate that V. velutina preys on a range of insects and the carcasses of mammals and birds.

The prey spectrum consisted of 59% hymenopteran species [of which bees (Apidae) represented over 35%], 32% dipterans, and 9% others (orders Hemiptera, Orthoptera, Lepidoptera, Mecoptera, Trichopetra, Coleoptera, Heteroptera, Neuroptera, Dermaptera, and Blattaria).


This is a link to a PDF for an Asian Hornet banner we designed in the office and have used at the Asian hornet conference in 2020. This is shown on the right.

Asian Hornet banner

You can use the pdf to have your own banner printed by downloading it to your computer and then uploading it to this website. Banners are in the region of £30/40 pounds - (other websites are available!)

We have also attached the latest Asian hornet poster from the Government which you can display anywhere you think might be useful in your locality (local shops/ allotment site / work notice boards).

Asian hornet ID poster 

How to report an Asian hornet

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should take a picture and report this using the ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app:

You can also report sightings on an online report form 

Reporting Asian Hornet Sightings

Please fill out the details in the form - Non-native Species Alert -  at the link, in each of the three sections, before clicking on the Save button at the bottom of the last section. 

Follow us on social media and share our posts during Asian hornet week to help reach more people. 




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