Radar Asian hornet tracking trialled

Radar and radio waves could be used to track swarms of Asian hornets, University of Exeter scientists have said.

Defra-funded university scientists have been attaching Picopip radio waves and radar tags to hornets in Jersey and France to test the tracking systems during a nine-month pilot project that ends in November.

In late September, Defra confirmed an Asian hornet nest had been found in Wollacombe, Devon.

Pest controllers have also destroyed 11 nests in Jersey since April. There was a further sighting in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, in September 2016.


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