The news that the National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of an Asian hornet in North Devon is a chilling reminder that we need to be extra vigilant.
The NBU reminds us that our best defence against the Asian hornet is quick detection.
Please check your traps and inspect around your hives – remember, the nests are high up in a tree. The NBU is advising us to actively monitor for the hornets and use both sweet and protein based baits in separate traps.
For more information go to the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase where you will find a very useful Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster which is available for identification purposes.
What if you find one? Report your sighting immediately! Send as much information as possible, including the location of the sighting, name, contact number/ address and, if possible, an image. Send your sightings to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively via the Asian hornet watch app which uses phone’s GPS.
Finally, make sure you’re registered with BeeBase to keep up-to-date. www.nationalbeeunit.com