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Battle against bee-killing hornets 'needs more support'

Earth Project Jersey believes the government needs to invest more money in tackling the problem. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's government is being urged to do more to eradicate the Asian Hornet from the island.

It follows the appointment of a coordinator to encourage more people to report sightings of the insect which eats honeybees that pollinate crops.

Last month, a new co-ordinator was appointed on a six month contract to raise awareness of the issue, encourage more people to report sightings, and work through a plan to eradicate or at least reduce the numbers of the insects.

But Andrew Le Quesne from Earth Project Jersey believes the government needs to invest more money in tackling the problem.

It's a little bit like a flying version of Colorado beetle. It comes in from France. The real killer is that their main food is honeybees. The beekeepers and the trackers are doing their absolute utmost. I have to be candid and say I don't think the government is giving the support or it's not coming through. High level support was promised. It doesn't appear to be being delivered on the ground.

– Andrew Le Quesne, Earth Project Jersey

The government point out they have a 'Management Plan' to tackle the Asian Hornet which sets out to:

maintain, develop and deliver this action plan by provision of an Asian Hornet Coordinator in order to protect, as far as possible, the public, biodiversity and honey bee populations from the impact of the Asian Hornet Vespa velutina.

– Government of Jersey

You can read more about the plan here.