Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html en-gb 30 Thu 18 Dec 2014 09:12:31 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html AdamLCanning http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html?page=75#comment3 I wonder if the recent Snow/cold weather has killed the Leaf-miner Moth off... I look forward to Midlands Today's Springwatch with you Dr David Gregory :-D Fri 10 Dec 2010 17:37:27 GMT+1 David Gregory - BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html?page=50#comment2 Thanks so much for your hard work and moth spotting! We've had such an interested response to this story we're definitely returning to this next year as part of our Springwatch coverage. With the help of some scientists we hope to learn more not just about this moth but also the predators who eat the caterpillars and might end up saving our horse chestnuts. At the moment the leaf-miner moth has hit a sort of sweet-spot in nature's calendar where there are few predators around and that means their numbers have exploded. But that may change and that's what the scientists want to study. Stay tuned. Wed 20 Oct 2010 09:22:08 GMT+1 EnglishFolkfan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html?page=25#comment1 After scouting Market Drayton's verges and adjoining gardens of roads in Market Drayton, NE Shropshire TF9, I realised we are a small town lacking in Chestnuts, Sycamore, Beech, Birch, Ash and Oak are the most common trees. However I did locate one Horse Chestnut I estimate to be 10 metres tall growing in a garden on Rowan Road (!). I took a couple of lower leaves home to check, one a small young yellow leaf next to the sticky bud and another fully grown green leaf, all the leaves on the tree looked as though they were infected. When I got home I checked both leaves and found living caterpillars in each leaf. Outside the town where it meets the surrounding countryside along the Shropshire Union Canal more Horse Chestnuts are also blighted with this pest. Sat 16 Oct 2010 16:32:49 GMT+1 EnglishFolkfan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidgregory/2010/10/are_your_conker_trees_under_at.html?page=0#comment0 I haven't actually been out to check out local trees yet but have these questions:If an infected tree is found with the damaged leaves on the ground is it best to collect them up and destroy them. If so, is it safe to put them into Council Green bins for recycling, our Shropshire green waste is treated & turned into commercial compost, or to use ordinary garden composting methods. If not, is incineration the only method of destroying the infected leaves? Wed 06 Oct 2010 22:56:14 GMT+1