There has been an increase in the number of credible and confirmed sightings of the Asian Hornet, mainly in the south/south-east region of the UK.
The Asian Hornet preys on a wide range of insects including honeybees and disrupts the ecological role they provide. It can also alter the biodiversity in areas where it is present as well as being a health risk to those who have allergies to hornet or wasp stings.
What to do if you see an Asian Hornet
If you think you have seen an Asian Hornet, please notify the Great British Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) immediately. In the first instance sightings should be reported through the free Asian Hornet Watch App, available for Android and iPhone. Photos and videos can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ways to report are:
- Contact the UKGOV National Bee Unit directly. The National Bee Unit is quick to respond and will get a team out to the location to verify and deal with the pest.
- Contact the Asian Hornet Action Team
A map showing sightings and latest news of Asian Hornet can be viewed on the British Beekeepers Association website.