A s I write this, Megan, our Editorial Assistant, has been reading out an online news item about an Asian hornet having been spotted in Cornwall. It may be a coincidence, or a matter of our senses being attuned to the subject, but hornets are the stars of an article in this issue (p78) written by ecologist Helen Roy and illustrated with some amazing images by photographer Stephen Powles. It is mostly about our native hornets but included is a section about the invading Asian species which has been slowly making its way across Europe and could pose a threat to our biodiversity if it gains a foothold.
Thinking of invading creatures, our Talking Point this issue (p28) raises the knotty problem of how a nature lover deals with animals that are viewed as pests by the rest of humanity. It certainly chimes with my quandary over flies in my kitchen this summer. My answer to the problem has been to develop my stealth skills to the point where I can catch them in a glass and eject them from the premises!
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Sheena Harvey Editor