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Jul 16, 2019

The Oak Processionary Moth

Defra has requested that, in the public interest, we ask you to inspect any recently planted oak trees and report any findings to TreeAlert as a matter of urgency.

Defra has requested that, in the public interest, we ask everyone who has  recently planted oak trees and report any findings to TreeAlert as a matter of urgency.

The Plant Health Service (APHA and Forestry Commission) is taking swift action to eradicate any findings. The potential environmental effects of this pest spreading are enormous, and we urge any members who have planted oak trees in the past 8 months to:
 

 respond to any requests for information from Plant Health Service officials as fully and quickly as possible
 in the case of larger oaks (8cm+ girth), check for OPM and report any findings to TreeAlert

OPM nests and caterpillars can pose risk to human health. If you suspect OPM, do not attempt to destroy or move infected material yourself. For more on how to identify OPM, visit the Forest Research website.

Please help us support the government’s efforts to track down infected trees and eliminate this biosecurity threat.

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