Due to the discovery of Ips typographus, also known as the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle, our forestry team worked extensively last year to clear a large area of Spruce in woodland comprising part of the High Weald in Kent.
While the beetle does not pose a threat to human health, it could have serious implications for the UK’s woodland and timber industry if left uncontrolled.
In line with the plant health notice a specific area was clear felled, and all windblown or dying trees in the wider forest area were removed, reducing the risk of further beetle colonies.
Sanitation felling of trees is the most effective control method for large areas and needs to be undertaken from October to February. Adult beetles are not active during these colder months making it the optimal to avoid any further infestation.
As the trees are felled the exact location of the logs is recorded by the harvester's GPS. This location is automatically transmitted to the forwarder, enabling the operator to ensure all felled wood is collected. All material was then transported under licence by timber lorries to an authorised sawmill where it was processed in a controlled environment.
Want to know more? Check out our blog post on the threat and management of Ips.