An invasive non-native hornet originally from Asia. A highly aggressive predator
of native insects, posing a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators.
Accidentally introduced to France in 2004 where it spread rapidly. In 2016 the first
UK sighting was confirmed in Gloucestershire. Confirmed sightings have since occurred
Due to COVID-19 and the Government’s advice it has been deemed appropriate to suspend
all monthly meetings and training courses until further notice.
The BBKA & NBU have issued statements on COVID-19 and the key points are outlined
Bees are classed as livestock and should be tended.
You may visit your bees in ‘out apiaries’ for regular inspection and welfare purposes
such as checking feed or swarm prevention.
You must exercise social distancing and ensure safe access.
Swarm collection may continue but only in line with government guidelines on social
NBU inspectors will still perform disease inspections.
Any member who is unable to manage their colonies as a result of the Coronavirus
restrictions should contact the Branch Secretary who will be able to put them in
touch with another member willing to help.