Asian Hornet Update 1-Oct

The nest in the Brockenhurst area of Hampshire was found and destroyed over the weekend and has been sent to the National Bee Unit laboratory for analysis.

Current situation

To date, there have been nine confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and six nests have been destroyed.

Seven of these sightings occurred in 2018; an individual hornet in Lancashire (April) and Hull, three in Cornwall and two in Hampshire (all September).

It is crucial you report any possible sightings so our experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets.

Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, said:

By ensuring we are alerted to possible sightings as early as possible, we can take swift and effective action to stamp out the threat posed by Asian hornets.

While the Asian hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies and other beneficial insects.

Please continue to look out for any Asian hornets and if you think you’ve spotted one, report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.

Recent confirmed sightings and announcements

  • Brockenhurst, Hampshire – confirmed 26 September 2018 – nest destroyed
  • New Alresford, Hampshire – confirmed 24 September 2018 – nest destroyed
  • Fowey, Cornwall – confirmed 20 September 2018 – nest destroyed
  • Hull, Yorkshire – confirmed 9 September 2018 – single dead hornet
  • Liskeard, Cornwall – confirmed 7 September 2018 – single dead hornet
  • Fowey, Cornwall – confirmed 3 September 2018 – nest destroyed
  • Bury, Lancashire – confirmed 13 April 2018 – single hornet sighted with photograph