Look out for the Asian Hornet!

The Asian Hornet.  (Photo - Bee Craft)

Have you seen an unusual looking hornet recently? The non-native Asian Hornet may be spreading to the UK, and scientists need your help to report any sightings.

The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) has spread rapidly in France in recent years, and scientists believe it may establish itself in the UK soon.

Being an effective predator of insects such as honey bees, it could have a damaging effect on local ecosystems.

It is most likely to be found in southern UK, as there have already been sightings in Kent.

The hornet has a dark brown body bordered with a fine yellow band. The legs are brown with yellow ends.

For more identification tips see the NNSS website (non native species secretariat)

If you spot one, please email a photo and details of the location to alert_nonnative@ceh.ac.uk.