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The Forestry Commission has examined our oak trees following sitings of the Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars.  They have marked the trees that have nests with a white line. 

OPMs live exclusively in oak trees. They move in nose-to-tail processions, hence their   name.  They often cluster together.  They build white silken webbing trails and nests - usually dome or teardrop-shaped on oak trunks and branches (not among the trees).  The nests soon become discoloured.

The trees will be treated by the Forestry Commission with a chemical spray.  In the meantime please be cautious around the infected trees and keep away from the the caterpillars and nests as touching them can cause a nasty reaction. 

The Forestry Commission issue the following advice on protecting yourself:

  1. Know how to recognise oak trees, caterpillars and their nests and trails.
  2. Keep Away from the caterpillars and nexts.
  3. Teach your children to keep away.
  4. Keep your pets away.  Caterpillars and nests can be on the ground, and animals can suffer considerable distress from hairs in their mouths and noses.
  5. Do not try removing nests or caterpillars yourself - report them to the Forestry Commission or your Council.
  6. See a pharmacist if you need relief from a skin or eye irritation following possible OPM contact.
  7. See a GP or consult NHS111 if you have a serious allergic reaction.



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