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Asian Hornets

Kate Shawyer

1 Jul 2023

Primary nest of Asian Hornets near Dover

We have received the following information from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA): Please be aware was updated yesterday. 
On Thursday 22nd June, a small primary nest of Asian hornets was reported to the NBU. A National Bee Unit Inspector investigated the report and collected samples which have been sent for analysis by scientists. Traps have been set for hornets returning to the nest site, and follow up activities will take place to raise awareness. 
This is the earliest date in the season that a nest has ever been found in Great Britain. Nests have previously been reported in the autumn, when insects are more visible as the population of the nest increases to its maximum. Please report sightings of Vespa velutina using the 'Asian hornet Watch' app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form. 

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