Beekeepers and members of the public were today (10/9) asked to remain vigilant after an Asian hornet was spotted in the Gosport area of Hampshire.
The National Bee Unit has confirmed the sighting and monitoring is underway to detect any other Asian hornets in the vicinity.
The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than our native wasps and hornets. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and work is already underway to monitor for any hornet activity and to identify any nests nearby.
This is the first confirmed UK sighting since October 2019, when two related nests were detected and destroyed near Christchurch, Dorset.
It is important to take care not to approach or disturb a nest. Asian hornets are not generally aggressive towards people but an exception to this is when they perceive a threat to their nest.
If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by using our online report form. Alternatively, e-mail email@example.com.
Please include a photograph if you can safely obtain one.