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British Beekeepers Association
1st January 1970

First Asian Hornet confirmed in North Devon

The first Asian Hornet has been confirmed today at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon. The beekeeper saw the hornet hawking his hives and also collecting nectar on ivy.

The National Bee Unit is sending inspectors to help with the hunt for the hornet's nest.
 
Beekeepers in the area are advised to check their colonies immediately. And to keep their eyes peeled for evidence of where the hornet colony is based. 
Recent findings of Asian Hornets in the Channel islands have shown that they not only make their nests at the top of tall trees but also are not adverse to finding a quiet spot in a garden shed. 
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