Asian hornets

asian-hornetThis pest could now occur anywhere, so please keep a look out.

If you think that you have seen an Asian hornet notify DEFRA straight away at alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk 

If you are not sure if it is Asian hornet, there are plenty of good images on the various web sites, or contact Bournemouth and Dorset South Beekeepers on 07825 0147575 or at peterdarley42@gmail.com (with a picture if possible) and we will arrange for someone to come and check it out with you.

Asian hornet nests on the continent are producing queens now and these are looking for places to hibernate, it is likely that  recent sightings in Somerset and Gloucester have arrived by road in a truck, van, car or similar, the queen having found a niche somewhere on the vehicle, so they could turn up anywhere.

So please be vigilant.