All beekeepers who are registered on BeeBase should have received the following email with the good news about the Asian hornet sighting in Dorset. But it's worth flagging up this message to all visitors to our website at this critical time of the year. If you need some back-up, Somerset's Asian hornet action team is ready to help: firstname.lastname@example.org and we've published lots of information and resources in our Asian hornet section.
BeeBase writes: "On Friday 4th October a nest was destroyed following the confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet near Christchurch, Dorset after it was reported by a member of the public. It is imperative that any Asian hornet colonies in the UK are detected and destroyed before queens are released. This is the time of year when colonies have been previously detected and we depend on alert beekeepers and members of the public to report sightings. As we have an abundant insect population, Asian hornets may not just be found in apiaries, they could also be at places where insects congregate – stands of ivy, for example, and on decaying fruit. At any sunny, warm period, take a little extra time – 20 minutes or more - to look around your apiary, any ivy and garden generally to help early detection of this alien insect.
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