Oak Processionary Moth (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3982
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following recent press reports that the moth population has exploded in London, with indications that a nest was found in the Olympic Park, can you confirm if there has been an increase in reported incidents on land owned by the GLA?

Answer

Answer for Oak Processionary Moth (3)

Answer for Oak Processionary Moth (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On some areas of land managed by TfL there has been an increase in the prevalence and distribution of OPM nests compared to previous years.

 

The Forestry Commission have advised that OPM control programme has been implemented as planned. This year weather conditions have been very favourable for OPM development, which is likely to have been a key factor resulting in the increased number of nests found this year.