Agenda item

Update on Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) at the North London Open Spaces Division

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.


The Group received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that provided an update on the OPM population and its management following the discovery of caterpillars and a nest at Queen’s Park in June 2015.


In response to Members’ questions, the Highgate Wood Manager advised that bacteria, parasitic flies, and birds were natural predators of the OPM in Central Europe but these predators did not exist in the UK. He added that OPM suffered in persistent cold, wet weather.


RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

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