Wel­come!

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

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!

Find out more on p84

Sheena Har­vey Edi­tor

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