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large pine beetle

The Large Pine Beetle (Hylobius abietis) is the most significant pest in Scottish forestry, feeding on the stems of young trees on restock sites, often causing serious damage or death of the tree. Populations of Hylobius are large enough in some areas of Scotland to devastate a high proportion of a restock site.

The management of Hylobius is a key thread in our restocking strategy. This strategy is currently being updated. We hope to publish before the end of 2021.

Managing the risks

In August we hosted a seminar for the industry on managing the risks of Hylobius abietis to share best practice on the importance of effective management in forestry.

The seminar was an important aspect of delivering the commitments in the restocking strategy and part of a wider programme of support for managers.

Dunstan Cribb, Forest Management Support Officer, for FES said: “In recognition that Hylobius is an industry challenge, it was a pleasure to welcome representatives from Confor, Scottish Woodlands, Tilhill Forestry and Coillte to join Forest Enterprise Scotland, Forest Research and Forest Enterprise England.

"The seminar was an important opportunity to share best practice and discuss the shared challenge with members of the industry.”

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