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Aerial sprays 'endangered wildlife'

Wildlife in a Berkshire woodland was endangered by a "sledgehammer-to-crack-a-nut" approach to killing a toxic caterpillar, experts have said.

Birds, bats and rare insects were affected by Forestry Commission aerial sprays to kill a moth larvae, Butterfly Conservation and Buglife claimed.

It was unclear if oak processionary caterpillar larvae were even present in the Pangbourne copses, they said.

The Forestry Commission said it had "strong reason to suspect" it was.

  • 05 Jun 2013