Asian hornet: UK sightings

Annual confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in the UK.



Read guidance on how to spot and report an Asian hornet from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Current situation

During 2020, there was one confirmed sighting of Asian hornet in the UK.

This page will be updated with details of any confirmed sightings.

From 2016 to date, in total there have been 19 confirmed sightings of Asian hornet in England. This figure includes a total of 10 nests, all of which were destroyed.

Published 23 June 2020
Last updated 14 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Current situation updated.

  2. Minor change

  3. Added confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet 2020.

  4. First published.