Britain set for KILLER HORNET invasion as heatwave comes
They have killed five people in France and hibernating queens will soon be waking up in the UK.
Nests have been found in New Alresford and Brockenhurst in Hampshire’s New Forest tourist haven, raising fears picnicking families could be attacked.
The deadly hornets can chew through the protective clothing beekeepers wear and their sting can cause anaphylactic shock.
West Dorset Beekeepers’ Association says it is a “matter of when not if” the hornet establishes itself permanently.
On their Association chairman Caroline Dilke said: “Last year, six nests were spotted in this country and destroyed before they could gain a foothold by producing fertile queens.
“Any day now, queen hornets will be emerging from hibernation.” Experts say the best way to avoid an attack is to crouch low to the ground.
And Christine McClellan, of the Isle of Wight Beekeeping Association, said: “It is vital that we increase the urgent awareness to this impending disaster.
“If this species is allowed to establish itself, the effects are going to be disastrous to the ecosystem.”
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