Oak Processionary Moth update

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Left – nest on trunk, Right – cluster of moths

We reported on the Oak Processionary Moth last year, which can defoliate trees, especially oak. As far as we know, none have been seen on the Heath and the nearest outbreak was in Watford.  Contact with these moths should be avoided because they have irritating spines which can cause an allergic reaction. They are likely to emerge in early April.

For a fuller account of this moth, see the Forestry Commission update.

 

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