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Two further Asian hornet sightings
“These sightings in Liskeard and Hull underline the need to remain vigilant."

‘No evidence’ to suggest Hull and Cornwall sightings linked

Surveillance activity is underway after two further sightings of Asian hornets in Hull and Liskeard, Cornwall.

The news follows a recent sighting in the Fowey area of Cornwall. APHA’s National Bee Unit subsequently identified and destroyed the nest.

Asian hornets pose no greater risk to human health than a bee, but they are a serious threat to honey bees.

Defra says there is no evidence at this stage to suggest the sightings in Cornwall and Hull are linked. Work is underway to identify and destroy the nests.

Bee inspectors from the National Bee Unit are carrying out surveillance and mentoring within a 1-2km radius around the sightings.

Nicola Spence, Defra deputy director for plant and bee health, said: “These sightings in Liskeard and Hull underline the need to remain vigilant.

"I want to encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests and if you think you’ve spotted one, please report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.”

Asian hornet sightings should be reported using the Asian Hornet Watch app or by email: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”