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30th September 2016

Asian Hornet update 2

Inspectors from the National Bee Unit say they have only found Asian hornets at 6 sites within 500 metres of the original discovery of one of these hornets in Tetbury in Gloucestershire. The search for the nest continues.

Asian Hornet Update

Number 2

29/9/2016

 

The following has been received from the National Bee Unit on 28/6/2016. We recommend  you give it your close attention and continue to remain on alert for any potential sightings of Asian hornets

 

Following the finding of Asian hornets in Gloucestershire last week we have received a large number of suspect Asian hornet reports from members of the public and beekeepers which we are following up. Bee inspectors have now visited over 100 sites. Asian hornets have been seen at just six locations within 500 meters of the original site.

 

Efforts to track down the nest and destroy it are ongoing. There have been no other substantiated reports of hornets anywhere else in the UK so please be patient while we continue our field work and be assured that when appropriate, national alerts will be sent out via our email alert system. In the meantime, our news feed on BeeBase will be used to keep everyone updated.

 

Please also see the updated ID sheet to help you Identify Vespa velutina in your apiaries http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=208. At this time of the year, the best bait to use in traps is fish bait diluted to 25%

 

Please continue to monitor your own apiaries using hornet traps and encourage those whom you know are not registered on our database to sign up.

Sign up at: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/