Guidance

Asian hornet: UK sightings

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

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Details

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

Current situation

There have been no confirmed sightings of Asian hornet in the UK in 2020.

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

The most recent sighting of Asian hornet in the UK was near Christchurch, Dorset, confirmed on 1 October 2019. Two nests (a primary nest and a related secondary nest) were detected and destroyed.

Since 2016, there have been 18 confirmed sightings of Asian hornet in England. This figure includes a total of 9 nests, all of which were destroyed.

Published 23 June 2020