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Management of oak processionary moth (OPM) is becoming an increasing challenge to land managers of trees and woodlands in urban and rural areas as the pest continues to spread outwards from original infestation sites in London. This work looks at how landowners and other managers of trees are responding to the challenge, their attitudes and behaviours towards OPM, and how policy can support improved future management of the different social and ecological risks posed by the pest. A wide range of methods were used including interviews, focus groups, surveys and participatory mapping of stakeholders
The main findings from the research to date have shown that:
Since 2017 this research has covered the following topics:
2019/2020 – Testing site-based approaches to future OPM management and the guidance required for strategic planning for OPM; understanding the needs of residents and arboricultural contractors (in progress)
Marzano, M., Ambrose-Oji, B., Hall, C. and Moseley, D., 2020. Pests in the city: Managing Public Health Risks and Social Values in Response to Oak Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) in the United Kingdom. Forests, 11(2) p.199
Details of the improved methods for the early detection of Oak Processionary Moth
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