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Asian hornet: UK sightings

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

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

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

Published 23 June 2020
Last updated 12 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Nest in Rayleigh, Essex destroyed on 30 September.

  2. Several hornets were captured in Rayleigh, Essex. Confirmed on 27 September 2022.

  3. A single hornet was captured in Felixstowe, Suffolk on 29 April 2022.

  4. Nest found in Portsmouth on 29 October and nest destroyed on 31 October.

  5. Nest in Ascot, Berkshire destroyed on 11 October.

  6. Added confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in Ascot, Berkshire.

  7. Current situation updated.

  8. Minor change

  9. Added confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet 2020.

  10. First published.