Quarantine pests are harmful organisms that are either not present in the EU or not widely distributed and under official control. You can make a report to the Department if you suspect an outbreak of quarantine pests and diseases or alien invasive species. This can be done by mobile phone on the Tree Check App or by directly contacting the relevant division.
What you should do
TreeCheck allows members of the public to report suspected cases of disease or insect attack of any tree species. Using a GPS-enabled smartphone the location of the suspect tree may also be recorded by the app to allow a follow-up inspection by inspectors if needed. The app helps in the early detection of new occurrences of Ash Dieback disease, but also other possible pest and disease outbreaks.
All reports received will be acknowledged and those of particular concern taken forward for follow up by specialist plant health inspectors.
To access the TreeCheck App, browse to treecheck.net
on your mobile device. It is not available in the App store. You will be presented with the App and the option to save a link to your home screen. Follow the directions for your phone.
Please note if you have a GPS enabled phone you may be asked to “Share Location”. Choosing to share your location enables us to have accurate geo-location data to assist our inspectors in the event we need to investigate your report further.
In the case of alien invasive species, reports should be made to the National Bio-Diversity Data Centre. Alien invasive species include: