Hairy caterpillars were discovered on the trunk of an Oak tree near the Parish Council. Upon further investigation two other nests higher in the branches were located, which have been identified as Oak Processionary Moth nests.
These moths are a notifiable pest, and can cause skin rashes, irritation in eyes, breathing difficulties and anaphylaxis in rare cases. The area has been reported and cordoned off, however, if they’ve shown up in one location, it’s possible there will be future infestations nearby and perhaps further afield. Please keep a close eye on Oak trees in the area and report them as soon as possible. Avoid contact with them in the meantime.
You can find our more information here and report ASAP: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/fthr/pest-and-disease-resources/oak-processionary-moth-thaumetopoea-processionea/
Do please keep an eye out on Oak trees in the area.
Special thanks to the St Stephens Parish Council for this report.
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