Pests: What are we looking out for? The following is from the Observatree website as there have been more calls recently to look out for, and report trees in trouble, particularly with the growing push to plant more trees, as planting near infected areas may be a pointless exercise. For more information and details on each of the pests below, please visit their website HERE
There are hundreds of pests and diseases that are currently a potential threat to UK trees. The Government has created the UK Plant Health Risk Register which records and rates risks to UK trees (and other plants) from plant pests and diseases.
Working with the UK Plant Health Risk Group (the group that maintains the UK Plant Health Risk Register), Observatree has identified those pests and diseases which are of the highest concern at the moment. They are the ones:
- most likely to arrive in the UK
- that have already arrived and we are concerned about their spread
- which have the potential to cause the most serious and widespread impact on commercial forestry, amenity woodland and ecological systems
Below are the pests and diseases we are most keen to hear about. If you think you have spotted any of their signs, please report them.