South Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association

Asian Hornet found in Fowey Cornwall

Government announce the National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall.

There has been a sighting of an Asian Hornet in Fowey in Cornwall. We believe it was spotted and photographed but not captured. The NBU is in Cornwall setting traps.

Please can every beekeeper monitor the insects in their garden, allotment or hedgerows, it is best if you spend about 15 minutes or longer looking at one area as insects can come and go quite frequently.

If members use a monitoring trap, please check it daily, release the good insects after making sure that an Asian Hornet is not there.

In Autumn, the preferred bait is proteins like fish heads and prawns as they need to build up their fat bodies for winter, so bait your trap accordingly but do remember not to use anything your own bees would eat.

If you can identify the insects trapped it would help but if you cannot, take a photograph with your phone.

If you do see an Asian Hornet on a hedgerow, again take a picture but make sure that you follow its flight path and make a note of the direction as Asian Hornets fly in a straight line from food to colony.

Should you spot an Asian hornet, please call your bee inspector and alert your own branch committee so that we can extend the searches quickly.

We cannot stress how dangerous these Hornets can be to our pollinating insects.

Margaret Wilson, BBKA Chairman

Update 10th September 2018

The National Bee Unit has located and destroyed a second Asian hornet nest in Fowey, Cornwall.

Investigation work by the National Bee Unit has continued in the area since the discovery of a nest in the town earlier this monthThat nest was promptly destroyed and removed.

Work is now on-going to ensure no further nests are present. Local beekeepers in the surrounding area are supporting this effort, including in Liskeard where a single sighting of an Asian hornet occurred. Members of the public are also encouraged to report any further sightings of Asian hornets.

Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said:

I am pleased our well-established protocol to contain them is working so effectively in Fowey.

Intensive surveillance by inspectors from the National Bee Unit has taken place around Hull, East Yorkshire, after the finding of a dead Asian hornet in a house. No further Asian hornets have been seen in the area. There is no evidence to suggest the sighting in Hull is linked to the sightings in Cornwall.

Nicola Spence added:

“It is reassuring that we have seen no further hornets in Hull however the discovery of a second nest in Fowey emphasises the need for continued vigilance.”

“During September the number of hornets in a nest can reach a peak and this will increase the chances of members of the public seeing this insect.”

“I want to encourage people to look out for any Asian hornets and if you think you’ve spotted one, please report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.”

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you can report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by emailing guides and more information are available.