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Asian hornet in the UK

With an Asian hornets’ nest having been reported by the NBU in New Alresford, Hampshire this honeybee predator is now just 20 miles from the West Sussex border!  A dead hornet has also been found in Guidford and is being investigated.

A second nest was destroyed in Brockenhurst at the beginning of October and two single hornets were sighted in Dungeness, one foraging on ivy.

The National Bee Unit confirmed in September a sighting of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in the Fowey area of south Cornwall.  Since this initial sighting a second nest has been found and destroyed.  More recently hornets were found at New Alresford and Brockenhurst in Hampshire and the nests destroyed by the NBU.  Previous outbreaks of the Asian hornet have been successfully contained by APHA bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed the nests. 

Nonetheless, members are asked to remain vigilant for this predator in our region.  It may be seen hawking at the entrance to hives.  Traps may be set up in the apiary and this video shows how to make your own.

For a full description of the Asian honet and its comparison to out native hornet view this document:

Any sightings should be reported to the non-native species team at: [email protected]


Asian hornet

South East Regional Bee Inspector

Sandra Gray is the Regional Bee Inspector for the South East region. 

To contact Sandra e-mail: [email protected] or telephone: 07775 119430.

Diane Steele is the Seasonal Bee Inspector for the region. E-mail: [email protected]  or telephone: 07775 119452

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Plan Bee Ltd. 

The Scottish-based company has again announced its plans to continue its business in the South of England in West Sussex.  A number of commercial colonies will be established in the east of the county.

Their new CEO has recently spoken to our secretary and explained that the company is now under totally new management with a new business model.  Their strategy is now to use local beekeepers to manage small numbers of colonies in limited areas and they are now using locally-bred queens.

Access their website here.

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Small Hive Beetle

On  11th September 2014 the Italian  National  Reference  Centre  for beekeeping confirmed the first detection of the presence of Small Hive Beetle (SHB)  in South  West Italy,  in  the  port  city  of  Gioia  Tauro.   The destruction of previously infected hives last year has proved ineffective in halting the spread of the beetle and eight further outbreaks have been confirmed in Calabria.  

Members are advised to remain vigilant for the detection of SHB within their colonies and if an infestation is suspected to advise the NBU immediately.  The Regional Bee Inspector's details can be found below.



BBKA Number for Members

Due to the volume of  calls that the BBKA has been experiencing, the Association is very much aware that Members have had problems contacting the main office. 

As a consequence an additional line has been installed so that BBKA may answer calls from members more quickly and efficiently.

Priority will be given to those using the new number which is purely for Member queries and requests; the number to call is 02476 698620. The current number will, when all staff are on calls, be on an automated system, with no answerphone capability.


Bees For development

The charity's aim is to assist people living in poor countries to achieve sustainable livelihoods through beekeeping. Visit their website:



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