Brown-tail moth caterpillar

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Posted on Wednesday 30th May 2018

The exceptionally warm weather recently means that brown-tail moth caterpillars are experiencing a breeding boom across the UK. The caterpillars, which are brown, hairy and about 3 cm long, are often found close to beaches where they feed on a variety of plants such as brambles.

Members of the public are advised not to touch the caterpillars as their hairs can be a skin irritant.

Sightings of the caterpillar near the beach can be reported to a member of the seafront team on 01202 451781 or via email to 

Anyone with health concerns should seek advice from the NHS on 111 or their GP.

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