Christine Tilbury, BSc

Advisory Entomologist

Christine Tilbury


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5742
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Christine is a graduate of the University of Exeter, where she studied Biological Sciences. She joined Forest Research in 1991 to assist the Advisory Services Manager and took over the full time role of Entomological Advisor in 1997 following completion of an International Institute of Entomology taxonomy course.

Current role

Advisory Entomologist

Current programmes

  • Advice and scientific support for tree health
    Responsible for the provision of pest diagnosis and advice on the control of tree pests.
  • Scientific support for Phytosanitary Regulation
    Provision of entomological support to the Forestry Commission Plant Health Service, investigating instances of non-indigenous insects intercepted entering the UK on timber, wooden packaging and other wood associated products, with emphasis on identification of prohibited organisms, especially bark and wood boring beetles.
  • Environmental Change Network
    Co-ordinator of invertebrate monitoring and sampling.

Affiliations and achievements

  • BASIS Registration Board Certificate in Crop Protection, Forestry (2000)

Main recent publications

Tilbury, C.A., Williams, D.T.; Jukes, M.R.; Straw, N.A. (2010). The re-establishment of the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar in the UK. Atropos 40 36-42.

Webber, J.F., Tilbury, C.A., Steele, H. and Rose, D.R. (2011). Potential impacts of pests and pathogens on short rotation forestry in Britain. In: Short Rotation Forestry: review of growth and environmental impacts (PDF-3255K). (McKay, H. ed.) Forest Research Monograph, 2, Forest Research, Surrey, 212pp, 165-189..

Straw, N.A and Tilbury, C. (2006). Host Plants of the Horse-Chestnut Leaf-Miner (Cameraria Ohridella), and the Rapid Spread of the Moth in the UK 2002-2005. Aboricultural Journal 2006: 29, pp83-99

Tilbury, C. and Jukes, M.R (2006). Ophelimus ?maskelli: A New Gall Causing Eulophid Wasp (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) on Eucalyptus in London. Cecidology 21, No.2 Autumn 2006

Thorpe, K. V., Rose, D. R., Rose J. R. and Tilbury, C (2004). The Health of Non-Woodland Trees in England in 2001 & 2002 Arboriculture and Research Information Note. The Tree Advice Trust.

Lonsdale, D., MacAskill, G. A., Rose, D. R., Tilbury, C. and Thorpe, K. V. (2003). The Health of Non-Woodland Amenity Trees in England during 1999 and 2000. Arboriculture and Research Information Note. The Tree Advice Trust.

Orton, E., Thorpe, K. and Tilbury, C. (2003). Yule have your pick of the trees! Tree Advisory Trust Damage Alert No. 90.

Contribution to Final Report FAIR CT98 4259 New Quarantine Treatments for Horticulture and Timber Products as Alternatives to Methyl Bromide Fumigation (2002), Chapter5 pp.1-18.

Tilbury, C. and Lonsdale, D. (1999). Brown Leaves due to Slugworm Damage. Tree Advisory Trust Damage Alert No. 56.

Gibbs, J.N., Macaskill, G.A., Lonsdale, D., Rose, D.R. and Tilbury, C.A. (1998). The Health of Non-Woodland Trees in England in 1998. Arboriculture Research Note 147.PATH.98

Gregory, S.C., Mackasill, G.A., Rose, D.R., Gibbs, J.N. and Tilbury, C.A. (1997). The Health af Non-Woodland Trees in England in 1997. Arboriculture Research Note 140.97.PATH.

Tilbury,C.A. (1997). Dead Bored. Forestry Commission Tree Damage Alert No. 36.

Tilbury, C.A. (1993). Callamotropha paludella (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in North Hampshire.   Entomologist’s Gazette (1993) 44: 155.

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