Asian hornet: UK sightings in 2018
The government has confirmed that there have been 13 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet in England and six nests have been destroyed. Nine of these sightings occurred in 2018; an individual hornet in Lancashire (April) and Hull, three in Cornwall, two in Hampshire, one in Surrey (all September) and the latest in Kent (October).
The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a species of hornet which is not native to the UK. Whilst the hornet poses no greater risk to human health than other hornets or bees, they do pose a risk to honey bees and pollinating insects.
Defra have stated it is crucial that members of the public report any possible sightings so Defra experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets.