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UK Risk Register Details for Dendroctonus micans

This record was last updated on 24/01/2023

Common Names

  • European spruce beetle
  • Great spruce bark beetle
  • Large spruce beetle

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest spreads to maximum extent

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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Common Pathways

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  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Cut flowers or branches
  • Non-squared wood

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 45

Current Mitigations

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Key mitigation for pest

Regulated pest free area pest (defined parts of Scotland). Regulated protected zone quarantine pest (Northern Ireland). Co-ordinated forestry management.



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 2
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 4
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 20

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Spain Present only in some parts of member state
Austria Present
Belgium Present
Bulgaria Present
Croatia Present
Czech Republic Present
Denmark Present
Estonia Present
Finland Present
France Present
Germany Present
Hungary Present
Italy Present
Lithuania Present
Luxembourg Present
Netherlands Present
Poland Present
Romania Present
Slovakia Present
Sweden Present
United Kingdom Present (Limited)
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Norway Present
Russia Present
Serbia Present
Türkiye Present
Ukraine Present
Switzerland Present
China Present
Japan Present
Georgia Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Coleoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Major Hosts

  • Abies Miller
  • Coniferous trees
  • Larix Mill.
  • Larix decidua Mill.
  • Picea A.Dietr.
  • Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.
  • Picea orientalis (L.) Link
  • Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr.
  • Pinus L.
  • Pinus sylvestris Linnaeus
  • Pseudotsuga Carr.
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii (Mirbel) Franco

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

  • Coniferous

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

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Regulated pest free area pest (defined parts of Scotland). Regulated protected zone quarantine pest (Northern Ireland)

Actions Indicated

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Statutory action against findings in pest free areas and in Northern Ireland

General Comments

Damaging beetle pest of spruce, less often affecting pine. Established in England, spreading in Scotland. There is a Forestry management scheme in place to reduce impacts in Great Britain. There is a regulated pest free area status or protected zone status for some parts of the UK which mitigates against the risk of entry to those areas which remain free.

Risk Records for this Pest