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July 2019 - Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire

The National Bee Unit has today (Wednesday 3 July 2019) confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet in New Milton, Hampshire, after it was reported by a member of the public. Based upon visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen.

Further information can be found here.

July 2019 - Reoccurrence of Small Hive Beetle in Sicily

The Italian authorities have notified the Commission of the reoccurrence of Small Hive Beetle in Sicily in the Siracusa area. The EU will be discussing changes to the safeguard measure at the next SCOPAFF on 8/9 July.

June 2019 - Gmail Account - Emails Being Filtered

We are having a few enquiries from beekeepers with Gmail accounts regarding our emails not being received.

Please add to your safe senders list to try get our emails past the junk filtering system, as this is the address the automated emails are sent from.

Some beekeepers have also told us that they found the automated emails in a different junk folder, once they logged in to their Gmail account on a desktop computer.

Please try these methods and if you still experience issues contact the NBU Office:

May 2019 - Swarms of honeybees

The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:

First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page.

May 2019 - E-Learning Module - Technical Issues

Please note we are experiencing technical issues with our online e-learning courses when using Internet Explorer.

This has been reported to IT and is under investigation.

Please accept our apologies for this, in the meantime, the courses can be still be accessed using Chrome or FireFox.

May 2019 - RESOLVED: Email Issues

*** RESOLVED ***

Updated: 28/05/2019 - This issue is now resolved.

Please be aware we are currently experiencing issues with emails to

In the interim, please direct email correspondence to

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

March 2019 - Scottish Government Vacancy - Lead Bee Inspector

The Scottish Government are currently recruiting for a new Lead Bee Inspector. For further details please see here.

February 2019 - Importing Animals and Animal Products If There’s No Brexit Deal

Defra have published guidance on importing animals, which includes bees, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The information can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Specific honey bee information will be provided on BeeBase as soon as it is available.

February 2019 - Change of Email Address

Please be aware that the National Bee Unit email address has changed to remove the reference to ‘GSI’. Please update your records with immediate effect to use as emails sent to the old address will return invalid.

February 2019 - Appointment of Julian Parker as Temporary Head of National Bee Unit

Following the retirement of Mike Brown on Friday 8th February, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Parker as the temporary Head of the National Bee Unit. Julian has held a variety of roles within the National Bee Unit over the past ten years, including most recently National Bee Inspector.

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