The oak processionary moth: from London parks into biology classrooms

Melissa Anne Glackin, Susan Leigh, Gillian Jonusas, Jo Mercer

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The oak processionary moth is a non-native species that has been identified
relatively recently in south east England. Owing to the potential health risks for humans and
oak trees, methods are currently being developed to control it. However, controlling the species
is challenging, requiring risk management of both biodiversity and public health. Local biologyrelated
issues can spark interest and debate when teaching aspects of interdependence and working
scientifically. This article describes the oak processionary moth life cycle, related health risks and
issues concerning methods of management. Two examples are presented of how these issues might
be utilised when teaching secondary school biology. Ideas from the developed lessons are also
applicable to other ‘managed’ non-native species.
Original languageEnglish
Article number79
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
Issue number358
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


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