The recent discovery of an Asian hornet at a supermarket distribution centre in Scotland  reinforces the need for vigilance for this invasive pest.  The outbreak in Gloucestershire last autumn was contained by the Government’s quick response and speedy reporting by the public.  We can only keep this pest from establishing in the UK if we have rapid reporting of any findings and the assistance of the public and stakeholders is vital for this. Early interception and reporting are key.

Now is the time when Asian hornet queens start to emerge from hibernation and we need to intercept them before they start to build their nests.

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet please report this straight away using the alert email address: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk with a location (and photo if possible). 

The Non-Native Species Secretariat have also developed a free reporting App with ID information.

This innovative mobile App ‘Asian Hornet watch’ can be downloaded free of charge and used to identify and report suspected sightings. The App is available for iPhone and Android phones.

Android users: search for ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ on Google Play.

IOS Users: search for ‘Asian hornet watch’ in the App Store.

To access an ID sheet click here

If you want hard/laminated copies of the ID sheet or poster, please contact NNSS:  nnss@apha.gsi.gov.uk including the numbers you would like and they will send them to you.

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