Published 25th November 2015
Many of us can still remember Dutch Elm disease and the death of 25 million elm trees across the UK.
40 years on, the UK is facing an even bigger disaster, Ash dieback. More than 130 million trees are at risk from disease. Right now we could be experiencing the demise of our 3rd most common tree species.
Although this horrible fungal disease was first spotted in a Buckinghamshire nursery back in 2012, probably imported on an infected tree, the greater risk has come from windblown spores from Europe.
This is not just a huge impact on our landscape but is a disaster for other wildlife species which rely to varying degrees on Ash trees. These include Brown hairstreak butterflies, Dusky thorn moths, the UK bat population, Bullfinches, Nuthatches and Wre
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