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Ramp built on beach to access Asian hornet nest

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ANNE Port was briefly turned into a building site last week during an unusual operation to destroy an Asian hornet nest.

Jersey Asian Hornet Group (25486709)

Diggers were brought onto the beach to build a temporary ramp to increase the height of a hydraulic platform needed to access the nest, which was high up in a tree on the south side of the bay.

In a Facebook post, the Jersey Asian Hornet Group said: ‘A peaceful evening at Anne Port was briefly disturbed by a rather unusual operation taking place there this evening, as an Asian hornet secondary nest [was] reported by an observant lady swimming. [It was] situated in a dead elm tree overlooking the sea and was removed.

Jersey Asian Hornet Group (25486717)

‘With all the necessary authorities in place a temporary sand ramp was built, to raise and therefore increase the reach of the “Roto-Lift”, allowing the suitably protected pest controllers to physically remove the whole nest (use of pesticide was never an option).’

During the same evening the group also destroyed a nest in a lane in St Martin.

More than 30 Asian hornet nests have been destroyed so far this year.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to track hornets – or anyone wanting to report a sighting – is being urged to email asianhornet@gov.je or phone 441633.

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