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Species alert: Asian hornet

The Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) is an invasive non-native species from Asia. Asian hornets present a serious threat to honey bee health. They can cause significant losses to bee colonies, and potentially other native species. It is important to report any suspected sightings of this species as soon as possible.

Asian hornet

Find out how to identify Asian hornets by downloading an identification guide from the NNSS website (LINK): http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm

If you spot one 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 on the link above). Reports can also be made using the NNSS online notification form or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk . Where possible, a photo, the location of the sighting and a description of the insect seen should be included.

You can also report sightings of Asian hornets using the DEFRA app (LINK): https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-app-to-report-asian-hornet-sightings

Vigilance is particularly required in southern parts of England and Wales and around major ports.  The Asian hornet is active mainly between April and November (peak August/September) and is inactive over the winter. Do not under any circumstances disturb or provoke an active hornets' nest.  The hornets may travel quite a distance from the actual nest site.

New Forest District Council treats non-native invasive species very seriously and works with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Hampshire County Council to report all sightings. All non-native species we become aware of on NFDC land are officially reported and treated accordingly.

If you need treatment of an Asian hornets' nest (after you have reported this to NNSS / Defra) please book through our Customer Services as a pest control appointment on 023 8028 5000

More information and Asian Hornet resources can be found at (LINK) http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm

Updated: 8 Jul 2019
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