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The YNU has been given information about the Asian Hornet and the potential for sightings, if you can be aware and read the below and take a look at the posters at the bottom of this notice we'd appreciate it.

The GB Non-Native Species Secretariat has been in contact with the YNU about awareness raising for the Asian hornet Vespa velutina.  Local recorders will have an important role to play in the early detection of this potentially damaging species, and so it would be very useful if local natural history societies are able to raise awareness within their areas.  Below is some information about the species, along with details of where to send records to for immediate impact, as well as some links to more information.  Laminated ID sheets and posters are available on request.  There are also photos of the species attached.

It would be appreciated if you could take note of this information, and also raise it with your local recorders so that should the hornet arrive, notification is given as quickly as possible.

Notes from NNSS

Have you seen this invader?

The Asian hornet is a large wasp which is poised to invade Britain.  If it gains a foothold it will be bad for honey bees, native insects and pose a threat to human health.  August and September are the months when it is most likely to be seen.  It is relatively easy to identify and also makes large distinctive nests (often high up in trees). Government takes this issue seriously and has drawn up a plan to try to eradicate this species before it can establish in Britain.  To do this, we need to find out immediately if it is spotted in this country. If you think you have seen this species please report your sighting straight away via the Alert system:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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