Health Hazard: Oak Processionary Moth

In the interest of sharing, please find information and guidance regarding Oak Processionary Moth, mainly affecting oak trees in London and the South East of England at the moment. Other areas in Europe were affected earlier or are still affected.

Therefore we would like to remind everybody of the following: The Caterpillar which has toxic hairs can cause health issues (rash and/or conjunctivitis) in humans and animals.

There is guidance available in varying languages:

→ The Forestry of England has produced excellent guidance and a YouTube short video:
*** https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/fthr/pest-and-disease-resources/oak-processionary-moth-thaumetopoea-processionea/

→ Information in Dutch is available from the following official resources:
*** https://www.nvwa.nl/onderwerpen/plantenziekten-en-plagen/eikenprocessierups
*** https://processierups.nu

→ For Germany there is information from authorities and conservation organizations available via:
*** Umweltbundesamt: FAQ - Webseite
*** Umweltbundesamt: FAQ - Download
*** Umweltbundesamt: Leitfaden als PDF
*** Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Fortswirtschaft
*** Naturschutzbund Deutschland - NABU

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