As you enjoy your winter walks through the countryside or parks, keep your eyes peeled in the bare tree branches and less dense hedges for Asian hornet nests. They are still difficult to see but if you do see one, the National Bee Unit have confirmed that you should still please notify it through the normal Asian hornet alert routes: by online notification form or by email at alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk or by the app Asian Hornet Watch and should be accompanied by a photograph and contact details.

If the nest is dead and safely accessible then it can be examined for dead adults which are sometimes present in the comb and photographs of these may help with identification. The National Bee Unit will take it from there and give advice depending on the circumstances.

While notifying the NBU, please also alert your local beekeeping association/s and Asian Hornet Action Team.

Empty nests found may provide useful information if they are in an area where there have been no previous sightings reported, and will highlight potential areas of new nests in the spring.

Mated queens will now be overwintering somewhere warmer and can be up to 60Km away in woodpiles, sheds, caravans (even check the curtains), garages, outbuildings etc, so check these too.  New nests are created each year after hibernation.

Existing nests can vary in appearance, so take a look at this page on the National Bee Unit site for a few more examples of both nests and Asian hornets.

Asian Hornet Nest © Jean Haxaire 2018 

Asian Hornet Nest © Jean Haxaire 2018

Asian hornet nest in France © Crown copyright 2018

Asian hornet nest in France © Crown copyright 2018

Asian Hornet Nest © Jean Haxaire 2018Asian Hornet Nest © Jean Haxaire 2018

Asian Hornet Nest © Jean Haxaire 2018 

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