The Forestry Fee has launched additional management measures to stop the unfold of the bigger eight-toothed European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in Kent and East Sussex.

Breeding populations have been confirmed in two woodlands in Kent in June and July of this 12 months, adopted by outbreaks in East Sussex.

A discover imposing the brand new measures will come into drive on Wednesday, December 22. It should place restrictions on felling inclined materials with out prior notification to the Forestry Fee throughout the limits of the areas and killing any bushes of the genus Picea A. Dietr, over 3m in top, with out prior notification, throughout the limits of the realm.

It should additionally prohibit inclined materials being left within the areas, and the motion of inclined materials from stated areas, until authorised in writing by an inspector.

“The eight-toothed spruce bark beetle poses no risk to human well being, however can have a severe influence on spruce bushes species and the forestry trade,” stated UK chief plant well being officer Nicola Spence.

We’re taking swift and strong motion to restrict the unfold of the outbreaks as a part of our well-established biosecurity protocol used for tree pests and illnesses. These new restrictions within the demarcated space will additional strengthen this technique, as a part of our ongoing eradication efforts.”

Any sighting must be reported to the Forestry Commissions through the TreeAlert on-line portal, Spence added.

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