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SWANSEA & DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS’ SOCIETY have set up an Asian Hornet Action Team to help beekeepers who think they may have seen an Asian Hornet in their apiary or indeed have captured one. The AHAT’s advice is as follows:

  1. Take time before and after each inspection of your hives to see if there is unusual activity or unusual flying insects.
  2. Take a photo – you can use the Asian Hornet Watch app if you have loaded this onto your smart phone.
  3. Record time of day and weather.
  4. Compare your photo with the species chart (there’s one on the app).
  5. If you think you have seen an Asian Hornet –
    Notify the Non-native Species Secretariat – using the app or by email.
  6. Notify the Society’s Asian Hornet Action Team here.

What will happen next

A member of the Team will arrange to visit the site where you made the sighting to confirm the sighting if possible. By confirming your sighting locally we hope that it will trigger action by the National Bee Unit (NBU) to locate the nest more quickly.

It is suggested that if you pin a ‘skirt’ of hessian or some other cloth around the legs of your hive stands before the AHAT visit. This will force Asian hornets to hawk in front of the hive rather than ambushing bees from underneath. This will make it easier to see if your bees are under attack.

If the Team member cannot confirm the presence of Asian Hornets they will help you set up a monitoring trap.

NOTIFY NBU OF MONITORING TRAPS – The NBU has asked all beekeepers who have already set up Asian Hornet monitoring traps to notify them on Beebase. This will help the Unit get a clearer picture of the coverage by monitoring traps across the UK. Just amend “My Apiaries” by clicking on the “Edit my apiaries” link.



Notifying positive sightings

On-line AHAT reporting form:


Asian Hornet Watch app:





Information sheets


Asian Hornet resources

  • Alert Poster for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet)
  • Risk assessment for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet)
  • Identification Sheet for Vespa velutina (Asian Hornet)
  • Information sheet for Vespa veultina (Asian Hornet)Asian Hornet Monitoring TrapBBKA has advised that it is unnecessary to put up AH monitoring traps in all apiaries throughout the season. The AHAT agrees and recommends that traps are only set up in an apiary or other location where an unconfirmed sighting of an Asian Hornet has been made.Any traps set up should be of the type where some insects other than Asian Hornets can escape AND they should be inspected every day to allow trapped insects to be released.The National Bee Unit has prepared an instruction sheet and a video to help you make your own monitoring trap for the Asian Hornet.