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  • Asian Hornet hawking a beehive

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  • Asian Hornet Nest

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  • Asian Hornet Nest

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  • Asian Hornet

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  • Asian Hornet

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Its arrived – Asian Hornet in the UK

The National Bee Unit (NBU) has today confirmed that Asian Hornet has been identified in Gloucestershire – Tetbury. This is a Major threat to insects and in particular honey bees.

The Asian Hornet is an alien species to the British Isles and has decimated bees across Europe for many years. It has now managed to cross to our shores.

The NBU is in existence for this very event:

  • To detect new bee pests
  • To co-ordinate attempts to eradicate the pest before it spreads
  • To provide information so beekeepers can help themselves and to inform the public of the threat.

Beekeepers and the general public need to be vigilant and ensure that they can identify this pest. If you believe you have spotted this hornet then please report this to the NBU.

Please read the guidance found on the Asian Hornet pages on Bee Base.

September 2016
National Bee Unit Notification
BBC News
Gov.uk Press Release

Further Reading
National Bee Unit Asian Hornet Information. Please read as this page includes contact details in case of a sighting.

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