LATEST SIGHTING IN TAMWORTH, STAFFORDSHIRE
4th September 2019
An Asian hornet sighting was confirmed in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire on 2 September 2019. This is the first report since July, when a single hornet was confirmed in New Milton, Hampshire. In each case they were spotted and reported by a member of the public.
Since 2016, there have been a total of 15 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and six nests have been destroyed.
Nine of these sightings occurred in 2018; an individual hornet in Lancashire (April) and Hull, three in Cornwall, two in Hampshire, one in Surrey (all September) and one in Kent (October).
The risk of an active Asian hornet nest being found in the UK is negligible during the colder winter months, but higher during the summer. Asian hornets have already been spotted this year in countries close to the UK (France and Jersey) and a risk remains at all times of year of accidentally transporting an Asian hornet when returning to the UK from abroad.
It is crucial you report any possible sightings so our experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets.
This message was received today and is a timely reminder that it is now that we may see Asian Hornets that have hitched a lift and could be in any area. Please make a big effort to inform anyone who works, walks or enjoys being outside that the hornets could be near them. They need to know how to identify them, to report it to Non Native Species and alert any beekeepers nearby.
Report by Anne Rowberry
Vice Chair, BBKA
This is a letter written to the BBKA President, Margaret Murdin, received from Defra Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity Lord Gardiner of Kimble about Asian Hornets in which he praises the Asian Hornet Action Teams.
If you do not have “Suterra” hornet lure then you can make up your own mixture using – 1/3 each wine, beer and Ribena….and add to that glucose powder or Honet to sweeten the mixture right up.
A word of warning; all these skills and protocols so carefully thought out and acquired may never be used. An Asian Hornet queen may never visit your area let alone a tree near your apiary, and worker hornets may never be seen flying round your hives or hawking your bees out of the air in front of your apiary.
The threat posed by vespa velutina nigrithorax, to give it its full Latin and variant name, may be transient in the UK. It may be that we only ever have to deal with accidental importations, giving us a good chance of preventing endemic presence. We will do this by being vigilant and spotting the vagrants and importees and knocking out primary and secondary nests before the new queens are produced.
The very presence of AHATs to identify and locate Vespa velutina and their nests is going to give us that advantage and is the reason for Associations setting them up. The movement is gathering pace and we hope this website will be a focus for all Asian Hornet Action Teams to concentrate information, skill knowledge, and incident intelligence of Vespa velutina.
If you have suspicions of there being an Asian Hornet nest near you please use this Log a sighting form to report the sighting.