Today (5th Sep) we have confirmed an outbreak of Asian hornet in Fowey, South Cornwall. Two specimens of the hornets were trapped on August 31st by a beekeeper. The contingency plan has been implemented and the National Bee Unit at APHA are leading the response. Unlike the previous records this year (for a ferry between Poole and Cherbourg in August and in Bury in April) it is likely that this represents a nest. The main objective of the response is now to locate and destroy the nest as soon as possible.
The Defra press release can be found here:
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Chief Non-native Species Officer
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
(Angling Trust, Regional Enforcement Officer, South West)