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Since 2016 there have been a total of 21 confirmed sightings of Asian hornets, which includes a total of 12 nests, all of them were destroyed.

This year, there have been two confirmed sightings of Asian hornets in the UK – the most recent being last month in nearby Portsmouth.

The sighting was confirmed on 29 October and the nest was destroyed two days later.

The Asian hornet is an invasive non-native species from Asia. It arrived in France in 2004 where it has since spread rapidly.

As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, and potentially other native species.

It is important to report any suspected sightings of this species as soon as possible.

Should we ‘bee’ worried here in Petersfield? What should we do if we think we’ve seen an Asian hornet? Rowan Roberts of Petersfield and District Beekeepers Association has everything you need to know.

Rowan Roberts of Petersfield and District Beekeepers Association