The National Bee Unit (NBU) have detected a new Asian hornet nest in New Alresford, Hampshire.

The nest was promptly destroyed by the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) Wildlife Team and the NBU is continuing to search for further nests, with support from local beekeepers.

As you may already be aware there have also been recently confirmed cases in Hull and Cornwall.  Two nests have now been destroyed in Cornwall and surveillance in this area continues. No live hornets have been seen in Hull since a single dead Asian Hornet was found in a house, despite extensive surveillance.

The New Alresford response highlights the importance of public awareness of this species and we are encouraging all stakeholders to help raise awareness of the need to be vigilant and report this species.

Obviously this is currently particularly pertinent in the Cornwall and Hampshire regions but it is also important that we do not rule out the chance of them arriving here in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

If you think that you may have seen either a nest or a hornet, please either enter all the details with images if possible either at one of the options below;
If you are resident in Northern Ireland you can record your suspected sightings at;

Importantly!! All of these options will automatically send an email alert to the teams who will be involved in rapid response protocols for dealing with this species in Northern Ireland.

If you are a beekeeper living in Northern Ireland you can register your apiary here  – it will assist us to circulate information quickly to beekeepers if you are already registered at the time of an invasion.

If you are resident in Ireland you can record your suspected sightings at;

The National Biodiversity Data Centre online submission form

There is assistance with identification both of this species available both on the Asian hornet Watch app itself and on this website 

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland