Emergency order in force after invasive species outbreak

Restrictions on the movement of timber in south-east England are in force following the UK’s first outbreak of the eight-toothed bark beetle

Restrictions on the movement of timber in south-east England, covering a 50km radius, are in force following the UK’s first outbreak of the invasive eight-toothed bark beetle.

The emergency Plant Health (Ips typographus) (England) Order 2019 came into force last Wednesday, imposing movement restrictions on “conifer material capable of spreading the pest,” the government said. The outbreak was first discovered in December.

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