Asian Hornet Guidance -pending Appointment of our Branch Asian Hornet Co-Ordinator

Here we have placed the latest guidance from Devon Beekeepers Association about what to do if you think you have found or seen an Asian Hornet. Not Sure? Speak ( telephone number of a member in top right of page)or write to us NOW! Do it this minute, we do not mind a false alarm, better that than we miss one. DBKA- Guidance to Beekeepers

The NNSS will only act once you have evidence. DBKA-How to obtain a sample

We can help you with the most appropriate method and guidance, some of which is shown on this website or the links shown to other websites. We have members who have seen Asian Hornet Specimens and handled them.DBKA Guidance to Beekeeper's Branches 

Our Asian Hornet Co-Ordinator role has an Interim Manager and they may be reached by emailingEmail Asian Hornet Co-Ordinator


Non Native Species Secretariate -This is who decide if what you have seen is an Asian Hornet. They will want a picture and then the back up of a sample posted to them for examination.They will pass their decision to the NBU who will co-ordinate any response.Report An Asian Hornet to NNSS

In 2017 they received some 4500 possible sightings with one confirmed case.This is the story on youtube of that one case told by Martyn Hocking, the beekeeper(Its quite long but worth the effort)

So you think you saw an Asian Hornet but need a bit of help?.........Be Quick!

The local Asian Hornet Action Team click heremay be the answer?

This is an initiative set up  by members of Torquay Branch with other Devon members, its lead is Colin Lodge who can be contacted by email on or use our phone number above. Newton Abbot Asian Hornet Action Team which is lead co-ordinated by Torquay Branch can be contacted via email NA AHAT 

They will help you spot,photograph and collect a sample of the insect you have seen.

They will do as much or as little as you need, perhaps make the tea, some moral support?

They have shared learning from Jersey and the approaches used there to track flight lines, colour marking of Asian Hornets to check hopefully primary nest location. 

This will enable the NBU to use its finite resources to the maximum efficiency using the Asian Hornet Action Team and your local knowledge.

Remember if the Asian Hornets become established then all action will fall on local interest groups, so we need to stop their establishment if at all possible. Asian hornets like Honey Bees but they will also decimate many other beneficial pollinators, so robbing song birds of their food source. This will in turn destroy bird populations. they have the potential to alter the English countryside for ever. 

Asian Hornet hawking in Woolacombe,Devon taken by Martyn Hocking at his Apiary during September 2017.

This picture is available from the National Bee Unit Website where the latest official information is posted. It is critical in an outbreak that all Apiaries in an area can be notified so are yours listed at the NBU? if not do it now. It will help us all. Link to NBU

Asian Hornet-The definitive book? by Professor Stephen Martin.

Professor Stephen Martin has lectured in Devon and this Asian Hornet book is an excellent reference tool for those of us that like to have guidance to hand . Link to Professor Stephen Martin's Asian Hornet Book at Northern Bee Books

Asian Hornet-One opinion of them in France.

If you would like to get a flavour of Asian Hornets in France, then this may help? . Link to blog in English about Asian Hornets in France

Asian Hornet-DARG offer some thoughts about Traps

Devon Apicultual Research Group-There is concern about the impact of traps on beneficial pollinators and the long term effects that large numbers of traps can have. There is a view that a bait dish, perhaps by a kitchen window has less impact and may be as useful. Please read this and decide for yourself. Link to DARG Website

Asian Hornet Confirmed 13th April 2018-

Link to NBU news-Lancashire