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Watch out for Asian Hornet says Swaffham councillor

A councillor has encouraged people to report an 'Asian Hornet' which can potentially cause significant losses to honey bees.

The invasive non-native species from Asia is a highly effective predator of insects including honey bees and can cause significant losses to bee colonies and other native species.

Councillor Ian Sherwood, a member of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Beekeepers Association, has asked local people to keep an eye out for the hornets.

The Asian Hornet (13733870)
The Asian Hornet (13733870)

The 'Asian Hornets' can often be confused with the European hornet, wasps and wood wasps.

But a new phone app has been launched to help people report any possible sightings of the 'Asian hornet'.

Mr Sherwood will also be leaving identification cards in Swaffham Library for people to take to help them with any possible sightings.

"As a local beekeeper I know just how much people care about bees and native pollinators and this is a positive way anyone can help save our bees," Mr Sherwood said.

"They [the public] can simply download the ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app and if they see a hornet take a photo with their phone and send over the details."

The ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app is available to download from the Apple and Android app stores.

Members of the public can also report sightings by email to alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk with a photo.

The Asian Hornet usually nests high in trees and man made structures. It has a dark brown or black velvety body with yellow tipped legs.

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