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Local beekeeper is named as Jersey's Asian hornet Coordinator

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Jersey has appointed a Asian Hornet Coordinator for 2019, whose job will be finding ways to protect the island's biodiversity, our honeybees and public from the Asian Hornet.

Asian hornets were first seen in the Channel Islands in 2016 and since then, work has been going on in both Jersey and Guernsey in an attempt to slow the spread.

Alastair Christie is a beekeeper with 17 years' experience who will lead the Asian Hornet strategy 2019.

It's a unique role that suits me: I'm hands-on, I like the outdoors and I've been a beekeeper for many years, I have a keen interest in Jersey's diverse and rich ecology, and I'm looking forward to playing my part in protecting it from this invasive species.

– Alastair Christie, 2019 Asian Hornet Coordinator

Mr Christie will work with the Jersey Bee Keepers' Association, the Jersey Asian Hornet Group, Environment Department scientific staff and others to tackle the problem of Asian Hornets.

"As a local beekeeper and land manager, Mr Christie has the qualities needed to deliver this important role alongside Government of Jersey officers and the Jersey Asian Hornet Group, who we are indebted to for their continued voluntary commitment."

– Deputy John Young, Minister for the Environment

A increase in nest findings from 2016 to 2018 in Jersey highlights the rapid rate of the Asian hornets establishment. Last year 55 nests were located and destroyed, and in August this year the National Bee Unit will send two teams of six UK Bee Inspectors to Jersey.