29 April 2022 – Felixstowe, Suffolk – a single hornet captured
1 November 2021 – Portsmouth. – The nest was located & destroyed within 3 and half hours – very fast! It was located by the ferries just off the M27 and about 4km the other side of the estuary from Gosport. The National Bee Unit Inspectors said “it was lucky the Asian Hornet was found in an area of parkland and space which helped with following the flight path of the Asian Hornet back to the nest.”
The National Bee Unit has asked for members of the public and all beekeepers to be extra vigilant in that area.
This is the time of the year when the Asian Hornet queens leave the nest to hibernate ready for next Spring. Beekeepers are urged to keep their Asian Hornet traps out for a while longer until the really cold weather sets in.
Ascot, Berkshire – confirmed 8 October 2021 – nest destroyed 11 October 2021
Confirmed UK sightings of the Asian hornet in 2020:
Confirmed 8 September – Gosport, Hampshire – destroyed 11 September
Confirmed UK sightings of the Asian hornet in 2019:
13 October 2019 – a second Asian hornet nest has been destroyed in Christchurch. Please continue to be vigilant over the next few months. Autumn could expose further nests in trees so look up when out for a walk and encourage others to do the same.
On 7 October 2019 there was a credible sighting of an Asian hornet in The Sands, Farnham. The Farnham AHAT will be monitoring a bait station there from today. In the meantime, will everyone please watch any late nectar sources such as ivy, where the hornets could be feeding on the nectar or on other insects and set up bait stations or traps baited with a sweet liquid (jam, apple juice etc) and monitor them regularly. Any sightings please report to firstname.lastname@example.org if possible with a photo (these insects move very fast).
On 4 October 2019 an Asian Hornet nest was found high up in an oak tree near Christchurch in Dorset and has been destroyed. In Christchurch surveillance is continuing. Defra says it’s continuing to receive reports of sightings and is appealing to everyone to be engaged and look for hornets on local forage sites such as ivy. It’s this time of year, when leaves are falling, that well-hidden nests suddenly become visible. Please look up when you are out and about and report any nest you see whether active or abandoned by taking a picture and sending it to email@example.com.
On 9 September 2019 an Asian Hornet was found and captured in Ashford in Kent. This was the third confirmed sighting in 2019. The sighting was confirmed by the Seasonal Bee Inspector.
A further single Asian Hornet was spotted in Tamworth, Staffordshire on 2 September 2019 and a nest was found and destroyed near Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire on 7th September
A single Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) was sighted & destroyed in New Milton, Hampshire on 3 July 2019.
The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a species of hornet which is not native to the UK. It is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than other hornets or bees.
However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and pollinating insects. This is why we are keen to stop this insect establishing in the UK, and why you should report suspected sightings.
If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact your local Asian Hornet Alert Team (AHAT) on 07531 901767
More information can be found on the National Bee Unit website and on the Non Native Species site.