At a recent presentation organised by the Residents’ Association Simon Tuck, from the Eastbourne Beekeepers Society, warned of the advance of an alien species to our country which is a threat to our native honey bees. He described how the ASIAN HORNET preys on our honey bees and has the potential to decimate populations if it gets a hold over here. Unfortunately, there has now been a sighting of such a hornet in Eastbourne. 

The best defence against the effects of this species is to report any sightings as a matter of urgency, where it will be dealt with by the GB Non Native Species Secretariat or DEFRA.

If you do not know what one looks like there is an app called Asian Hornet Watch that you can download. There is also an information sheet available at Vespa_velutina-Asian_Hornet

For those who regularly walk you can record any sightings and the exact location of them using the app. It is crucial you report any possible sightings so experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets.  However, if you can’t download the app you can send your photos and videos by email to:

Asian Hornets have a sting like a wasp so please take care if you do come across one

See it!  Snap it!  Send it!