What are we looking out for?
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.