Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

National Bee Unit - Southern Region - Bee Inspectors
Each Regional Bee Inspector (RBI) manages a team of Seasonal Bee Inspectors (SBIs) working from April to September.
Every Bee Inspector is an experienced practical beekeeper, specialising in recognition and control of bee pests and diseases. You must contact your Seasonal Bee Inspector without delay if any of the notifiable diseases (European Foul Brood, American Foul Brood) or pests (Small Hive Beetle, Tropilaelaps) are suspected.

The Regional Bee Inspector for Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire is Julian Parker.
Current contact details can be found on the BeeBase contacts page where you will find a postcode search that will tell you who your nearest Bee Inspector is during the active season.
Contact details for April 2019 to September 2019 will be issued in spring 2019.

Asian Hornets

Asian Hornet
The Asian hornet has been present in France since 2004 and occasional sightings in the UK were made in the 3 years up to 2018, when a few were seen. This hornet preys on honeybees and is potentially deadly to allergic people.
It is slightly smaller than the European Hornet, its body is dark except for the last abdominal segment, its face, and the "socks" on its legs which are all orange/yellow.

If you see this hornet, please do not attempt to catch it but try to take a photo if possible, and contact alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk giving as much detail as you can.

National Bee Unit - BeeBase

If you are a beekeeper with bees in England, Scotland and Wales you are strongly recommended to sign up to BeeBase, a confidential and secure website operated and managed by the National Bee Unit, and to visit the website regularly to keep your details up to date.