Toxic moth outbreak killing trees


Plans are in place to eradicate a toxic caterpillar from west Berkshire following an outbreak last year.

The oak processionary moth (OPM), which hatches in July and August, was discovered in Pangbourne.

The Forestry Commission will survey an extended area around the original infested site in March and tree spraying will begin in April.

OPM hairs contain a toxin that can cause itchy skin rashes as well as eye and throat irritations.

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