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8th August 2017

Asian Hornet will colonise UK in two decades

A study from University of Warwick says with the build up of Asian Hornets in Northern Europe another invasion is inevitable. It says, without action, hornets could be widespread in the UK in 20 years. The paper, in Nature's Scientific Reports, calls on beekeepers to be vigilant and make sure every siting is reported.

Researchers looked at what has been happening in France and said that the detection methods used there are only finding 48% of Asian Hornet nests. 

It suggests that individual radio tracking of hornets back to their nests and infra red cameras fitted to drones may be necessary to improve detection. 

You can read the press release from University of Warwick here: 

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/asian_hornet_to

Nature's Scientific Reports piece is here: 

go.nature.com/2wpXMiT