A beekeeper in the Ascot area of Berkshire filmed live insects near a hive, photographed a dead Vespa velutina and reported the sighting using the using the ‘Asian hornet Watch' app.
Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's news page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
A new implementation plan has been published which sets out how Defra and the Welsh Government will work together with stakeholders to deliver the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.
More than fifty actions have been developed in partnership with industry and stakeholders for beekeepers, bee farmers, bee associations and government to work on together, to protect honey bees from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats over the next 10 years.
Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation
Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation - Welsh Version
The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:
- East England: Norfolk.
- North West England: West Yorkshire.
- North East Wales: Flintshire, Denbighshire & Wrexham.
- Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil.
If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.
6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
BeeBase will feature new and updated information about Asian Hornet throughout the week. Improve your identification skills by reading about commonly misidentified insects or downloading an identification sheet.
Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for Android or iPhone or report it here.
The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2021, The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2021 and The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Amendment Order 2021 make Varroa a reportable pest effective 21st April 2021. To find out how you can report varroa please visit https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/BeeDiseases/report-varroa.cfm
The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in South Kent & East Sussex area.
If you are interested in applying for this job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Sandra Gray (Regional Bee Inspector for South East) – 07775119430, Sandra.email@example.com.