UK sightings in 2021

Ascot area of Berkshire on 8 October, 2021

The National Bee Unit discovered and destroyed a nest after a beekeeper in the Ascot area of Berkshire filmed live insects near a hive, photographed a dead Vespa velutina and reported the sighting using the using the ‘Asian hornet Watch' app.

Don't miss the December 2021 magazine for the full story as told by co-editor Stephen Fleming who was involved in the hunt.

Read a brief report in the November magazine.

Click here to read the UK government press release.

Portsmouth area on 30 October, 2021

A nest was destroyed by the National Bee Unit after inspectors were alerted by a member of the public. 

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If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should report the sighting using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by using the online report form. Alternatively, e-mail  

Please include a photograph if you can safely obtain one.


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