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Asian hornet in North Ascot

Asian hornet close up on a flower

Bracknell Forest Council has been assisting the Animal, Plant and Health Agency (APHA) following a confirmed report of an Asian hornet in North Ascot.

The National Bee Unit has confirmed the sighting and monitoring is underway to detect any other Asian hornets in the vicinity.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than our native wasps and hornets. However, they do pose a risk to honeybees and work is already underway to monitor for any hornet activity and to identify any nests nearby.

The council will continue to support APHA with this work over the coming days. Residents may notice an increased presence in the area while this work is carried out - including people dressed in protective clothing.

It is important to take care not to approach or disturb a nest. Asian hornets are not generally aggressive towards people but an exception to this is when they perceive a threat to their nest.

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by using the online report form. Alternatively, e-mail: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

Please include a photograph if you can safely obtain one.

You can find out more about the Asian hornet on GOV.UK.