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WATCH: Another Asian hornet seen in Cornwall

WATCH: Another Asian hornet seen in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:33am 11th September 2018. (Updated at 8:54am 11th September 2018)

Officials have issued a fresh warning after another Asian hornet was spotted in Cornwall.

Public Health England says one nest has been destroyed after the first sighting in Fowey last week.

Now The National Bee Unit has confirmed two more sightings - one in Liskeard and another in Hull.

It does not believe they are linked but locals are being urged to report any further sightings.

What do we know about the Asian hornet?

This Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee.

However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and work is already underway to identify any more nests.

Previous outbreaks of the Asian hornet have been successfully contained by APHA bee inspectors who promptly tracked down and destroyed the nests.

They are carrying out surveillance and monitoring in a 1-2 km radius around the latest sightings.

"These sightings in Liskeard and Hull underline the need to remain vigilant.

"I want to encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests and if you think you’ve spotted one, please report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.

"While the Asian Hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies.

"I am therefore pleased our well-established protocol to contain them has worked so effectively in Fowey".

Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health

If you are not sure whether you have seen an Asian hornet, you can read more on these identification guides.

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet, you can report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

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