Borough Insight

Spot it. Avoid it. Report it.

As we have previously reported, we have an unwelcome guest in the borough.

The caterpillars of the Oak Processionary Moth (an invasive species) have tiny hairs which they shed and can cause severe skin irritation and respiratory health issues to both people and animals 

They have distinctive nests and get their name as the caterpillars follow each other in long processions and feed on oak trees.

Please report any sightings to the Forestry Commission via its Tree Alert online portal. Alternatively, you can email opm@forestrycommission.gov.uk or call 0300 067 4442.

Do not touch the caterpillars or nest and keep pets and children away.

We are taping off affected trees and benches nearby. The pictures below were taken this week on Epsom Common. A typical nest can be seen at the base of the tree. When reported, nests are recorded by the Forestry Commission and destroyed by specialist operators.

For more information please see: https://gov.uk/government/news/public-urged-to-report-sightings-of-tree-pest-oak-processionary-moth

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