|Watch Out For Oak Tree Pest|
Alert for walkers on Putney & Wimbledon Commons
The "recent hot weather has made life easier for the pest known as the oak processionary moth. Quite a few oak trees on Putney Lower Common and Wimbledon Common are now affected" says Peter Haldane Wildlife and Conservation Officer for the Commons.
The caterpillars build white silken webbing nests in oak trees. Survey teams working on behalf of the Forestry Commission have surveyed oak trees across Wimbledon and Putney Commons to see which ones are affected. Nests are then removed.
If you see a tree which you think is infected but which doesn’t have any orange markings please inform the ranger’s office on Wimbledon Common 020 8788 7655 so that the nest can be removed. Click link for Peter Haldane’s July 2014 wildlife report from the Commons.
August 15, 2014