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Relocation of nests of protected insect species - apply for exemption or exemption


Bumblebees and wild bees, hornets and other wasp species as well as certain ant species (e.g. the red forest ant) are subject to special protection, as their population is often endangered. Therefore, an exception to the prohibitions of special species protection is necessary for the relocation or removal of nests.
For the disposal of a nest of certain wasps and other insect species, no exemption from the general species protection regulations is necessary. The determination of species affiliation should be carried out by a skilled person in such cases.

Due to its domestication, the honey bee kept in beekeeping is not one of the specially protected species.

  • Endangerment of people cannot be excluded

The relocation or removal of nests of wasps, hornets, wild bees, bumblebees or ants can only be carried out in the interests of human health and public safety, or if a risk to humans cannot be excluded.

  • Danger cannot be averted by other measures

Before moving or removing a nest, it must be clarified whether the existing hazard can be averted by other suitable measures. An expert is to be commissioned and examines the possibilities of averting a hazard by other suitable measures or moving the nest.

  • If the nest has to be destroyed: implementation is not possible

Before removing a nest, it must be clarified whether the existing hazard can be averted by relocation or whether this is not possible, for example because the nest is located in an inaccessible place and it cannot be removed there undamaged.

An informal application for an exception or exemption under species protection law must be submitted.  

Your application should contain at least the following information:

  • Which species of insect to remove (wild bee, bumblebee, wasp, hornet, ants, etc.)?
  • Location of the nest on your property or house
  • Justification for relocation or control
  • Date for relocation or control
  • If you entrust this to a company: name and address of the company

If you have difficulties in determining the exact insect species, please contact the competent authority.

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  • information on land,
  • the location of the possible danger,
  • Description of the nest or animals

There are no fees.

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in case of necessity of a permit usually 13.50 Euro - depending on the time required - (by invoice)

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by telephone immediately or on-site visits promptly

For the exception or exemption from species protection prohibitions, an application must be submitted to the locally competent lower nature conservation authority of the districts or independent cities or information about necessary procedures can be provided there.

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The Lower Nature Conservation Authority of the City of Halle (Saale) offers advice on hornets, wasps, bumblebees and bees. Through a possible on-site appointment, procedures for the further handling of the animals can be clarified. Where appropriate, it is necessary to obtain a permit to move or control the nests.

Before applying for exemption or exemption from species protection prohibitions, the situation should be examined by an expert. The competent nature conservation authority may also carry out this examination and indicate whether an application for exemption or exemption is to be submitted.

Tips for dealing with hornets, wasps, bumblebees, wild bees and ants

The protected hornets, wasps, bumblebees, wild bees and ants belong to the state-forming insects and do not survive longer than one summer. They fulfil important functions in the natural cycle. Hornets and wasps regulate the species structure of insects, bumblebees pollinate flowers with their long proboscis that bees cannot reach, honey bees ensure a rich harvest in the orchard.

Most species are harmless and do not attack humans if they are undisturbed. Only two species of wasps are interested in sweet drinks or food.

The nests are built in natural caves (for example, woodpecker burrows) or in artificial cavities such as attics. Sometimes nesting or shutter boxes are also colonized. The nest area (about 4 meters around the nest) is defended by the insects, if necessary by stinging. The following disturbances should therefore be avoided:

  • violent, fast movements
  • longer adjustment of the trajectory
  • Vibrations of the nest
  • Manipulation of the nest or flight hole
  • direct inhalation of the animals

A hornet sting is no more dangerous for normally sensitive people than a wasp sting. Outside the nest area, the animals are peaceful.

Tip: You can find advice on site at nature conservation associations, beekeepers or the fire brigade.

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An on-site appointment will be made.

The cost of moving hornets or the cost of getting rid of wasps must be borne by the landowner or applicant.

Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Energy of Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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Team Untere Naturschutzbehörde
Neustädter Passage 18
06122 Halle (Saale), Stadt
+49 345 2214674
+49 345 2214667

Mon: by appointment
Tue: 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 01:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.
Wed: by appointment
Thu: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fri: by appointment
Sat: closed
Sun: closed

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