Forestry Commission News Release

The Forestry Commission have recently issued a News Release reminding people in London and Surrey not to approach caterpillars of the oak processionary moth [OPM] which are now emerging in oak trees in these areas.  OPM caterpillars are a tree pest which was accidentally introduced to Britain.  They feed on oak leaves and in large numbers can severely defoliate trees and leave them open to other pests and diseases.  Please keep children and animals away from the caterpillars and their nests as the hairs of the caterpillar can cause itching skin rashes and other health problems.  The public is urged to report any sightings.

More information can be obtained directly from the Forestry Commission by the following link:


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