Ash dieback in Devon

The BBC carried a report a couple of days ago that the incidents of the fungal disease ash dieback in Devon had increased rather dramatically. Unfortunately I can’t find any reference to the short report and have only managed to find a Forestry Commission ash dieback map which was updated on the 1st September this year.

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This map at this scale isn’t particularly clear but it would appear that new cases of ash dieback have been recorded in between Exeter and Dartmoor and especially running up the Exe Valley (the light green squares). You can look at the map yourself – see here and zoom in on areas you are interested in.

If anyone can point me in the direction of the report / press release which led to the BBC coverage I would be most grateful.

3 thoughts on “Ash dieback in Devon

  1. Could you not contact the BBC?
    [Since the article was written by Claire Marshall, BBC Environment Correspondent, it should be easy to track her down]

    I note from the article that it refers to “the Journal of Ecology” and that it mentions both “fungal disease” and “the emerald ash borer”. As the article was probably written in 2015/2016, a Google [advanced] Search with these criteria may well get you on the right track.

  2. This is the article that I found: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35876621

    This is dated March this year, so may not be what you are looking for.

    The report you are probably referring to, from Spotlight a couple of days ago, is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-37432162 (26th Sept at 12:13pm). This, as you say, contains no real detailed information, other than to refer to the Forestry Commission.

    The Spotlight Team should be able to put you in contact with the journalist who filed the report.

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