Cirencester and District Beekeepers is a sub branch of the Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association and affiliated members of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).
Welcome to our Apiary Website
Cirencester and District Beekeepers are based at the Rural Innovation Centre, Lower Manor Farm, Harnhill GL7 5PU. Our site provides the first class facilities required to develop a Beekeeping centre of excellence, based upon our ‘education for all’ philosophy that places the welfare of the honeybee at the centre of our studies.
If you’re interested in becoming a Beekeeper then you couldn’t have arrived at a better place. Browse through the site and if you’d like to join us, whether you want to keep your own bees or you just want to study them, then please contact us, we’d be delighted to talk to you.
Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the ‘Asian hornet’ is an
invasive non-native species from Asia. If you find one you must report it. It
arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly. As a highly effective
predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can
cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially
It is expected that the places it is most likely to be found in numbers are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or in goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber). Active between April and November (peak August/September).
3. As a last resort, you send a picture and email with details of where you saw the Asian hornet with your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is safe to do so, you can send in a sample to the National Bee Unit for examination to confirm identity (please note the specimen must be dead before sending it in). However, do not under any circumstances disturb or provoke an active hornets’ nest.