Chief Minister suits up for hornet nest check

THE Chief Minister found an unusual way to prepare for a forthcoming British Irish Council meeting this week – by donning protective clothing to inspect an Asian hornets’ nest at Bonne Nuit.

Chief Minister John Le Fondré dons a protective suit to view the nest close up
Chief Minister John Le Fondré dons a protective suit to view the nest close up

However, due to safety concerns Senator John Le Fondré was not hoisted in the air to inspect the nest at close quarters.

Bob Hogge, who has become adept at tracking the invasive hornets so their nests can be destroyed, invited the Island’s political leader to meet local beekeepers and experts from Exeter University, who are due to address council delegates when they meet in Jersey later this month.

The BIC, which includes Ireland, the UK, the devolved governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the Crown Dependencies, aims to improve collaboration between its members in a number of different areas, including the environment.

The Asian hornet, which is regarded by the UK government as a serious threat to the British eco-system and food production, is funding the university research into the invasive insect.

‘We invited the Chief Minister to Bonne Nuit to look at the nest and to talk to him and give him a good briefing about what we are doing to locate and destroy nests.

‘We are dealing with something that is quite serious, and, as Chief Minister, he needs to understand how these insects react when we get close to their nests and the precautions we have to take,’ Mr Hogge said.

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