The assessment of site characteristics as part of a management strategy to reduce damage by Hylobius.
The severity of Hylobius abietis damage to forest transplants in the UK is influenced by both plant and site factors. These have to be considered in order to determine the likely risk to the crop. A structured evaluation of the site to be restocked should enable forest managers to target treatments and to select the most cost-effective strategy to reduce plant damage and to protect the environment and operators. A table summarises the key factors and identifies their likely effect on damage levels.