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Information on the Asian Hornet.

Asian Hornet

European Hornet

Here is a list of developments since the Asian Hornet Open Meeting, with relevant links and ideas, include -   As you already know, the film of Martyn Hocking’s talk of his experience of Asian Hornets attacking his apiary in Woolacombe that he gave to 141 people from across Southern England - beekeepers, representatives of organisations with a special interest in the Asian hornet, university researchers and NBU officials, who attended the Asian Hornet Open Meeting in Harberton Parish Hall on Saturday 20th January, 2018 can now be found on this You Tube link to the film -

There have now been 3,427 viewings.  And there have now been 679 viewings of Colin Lodge’s national AHAT initiative on this You Tube link - 

The Devon AH guidance protocols have now been approved by Devon BKA Executive Committee and are now available on the DBKA website -

These protocols are next being presented to the BBKA for national approval. The Buglife website now has a correct photograph of the Asian Hornet - vespa velutina nigrithorax, which will further help improve the coverage of Asian Hornet on the internet.  Val Bone, from East Devon Beekeepers has listed the main points of AH information from the Open Meeting - 

We often recommend the Tavistock BKA

and Ryedale BKA websites

to other BKAs, as good examples of Asian Hornet coverage. Perhaps all or any of these above links could be included with AH identification, alert and NNSS notification details to create a dedicated Asian Hornet page on the Plymouth BKA website, with an obvious link from the home page. Ken has been communicating with the NBU about the NBU RSS news feed in an attempt to make it more recognisable to beekeepers and webmasters. Neil Cook from the Somerset BKA is writing an article in the April edition of the BBKA News about how to add the NBU RSS feed to BKA websites, so that your webmaster’s job can be made easier in keeping up with the latest Asian Hornet developments, as the NBU news arrives in date and order of priority. See

 which accesses a whole year of NBU news. As a further refinement, Glynn Davies' son, is hoping to filter this RSS feed on DARG’s website, so there can be various feeds for different types of news e.g. varroa, hornets, small hive beetle.  Our hope is that there will be a network of BKA websites that all have either their own Asian Hornet page or clear links to the relevant AH information, so that beekeepers and members of the general public have easy access to accurate AH information, with the NBU RSS news feed keeping the AH information all up to date and in order of priority. As a start, it would be brilliant if all Devon BKA branch websites could have AH links, along with a connection to the Asian Hornet Action Team (AHAT) website, which is now online -

And they’ve already had a public sighting of a hornet queen, which with help from DBKA’s AH identification information, has been able to be self identified as the European variety. So, one less incorrect reported sighting for the NNSS to deal with! Colin Lodge’s AHAT article is from page 17 in the February 2018 edition of ‘Beekeeping’ Journal -

 There is currently a link -

which can also be accessed on the AHAT website’s Identification page in the right hand column underneath the AH photo for other AHATs to send in details of their team. 

Check out the new Newton Abbot BKA website’s AH Guidance -

 with a pending appointment of their Branch Asian Hornet co-ordinator!  As Martyn Hocking tells us - the NNSS had 2,700 reported sightings in 2016 and 4,500 reported sightings of Asian Hornet in 2017, with only one being an actual confirmed sighting in each of these years. So, as beekeepers we have a huge shift to help create, if incorrect sightings are to be reduced.   As was proved last year, AH can turn up anywhere in the UK. Who would have imagined finding an AH nest in Woolacombe or a Scottish warehouse? Martyn also points out that, as well as spring trapping, there were 900 AH nests destroyed in Brittany alone in 2017, which, if a line is drawn from Bristol to Southampton, is equivalent in size to SW England. So, if AH were to become established in the UK that is the task SW beekeepers would be up against every year, which is why we all have to make the most of the opportunity we currently have in attempting to delay the arrival of AH in the UK. 

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