DAERA publish the Northern Ireland Rapid Response Contingency Plan for Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax)
The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs have published a Rapid Response Contingency Plan in preparation for the possible arrival of the Asian hornet to Northern Ireland.
As nests and sightings of this invasive non-native species continue to be reported in Great Britain, the most recent in Rogiet, Monmouthshire, the Department has drafted this plan in order to respond rapidly and proactively to any confirmed local arrivals of Asian hornet.
Information on how to identify an Asian hornet can be found on the Invasive Species Ireland website – http://invasivespeciesireland.com/species-accounts/potential/terrestrial/asian-hornet
We continue to ask the public to be aware of the risk of this species arriving here and the threat it poses to our already struggling pollinating insects. We ask that you report any suspected sightings immediately. You can do that by using the Asian hornet Watch app, by entering a record @ www2.habitas.org.uk/records/ISI or by phoning the Invasive Non-Native Species team directly on 028 9056 9558.
Always try to get a photograph and if possible, safely, contain the sample for verification. It is also important not to overreact and kill other insects unnecessarily. There are many species of parasitic wasps and even hoverflies that look quite foreboding, are completely harmless to us but play an important role in the ecosystem.
The full plan can be downloaded at the link below….