For the correct monitoring and, where possible, application of defensive measures one should identify insect pests as early as possible. Insect populations and other known forest insect pests must first pass over a critical level before they pose a threat to the forest stock. For forest owners and interested parties there is a variety of support material about insects to choose from. From here we will introduce you to some material.


Counted among the classic identification books are Parey’s Book of Insects (M. Chinery, presently not in stock) and Insects of the Forest (G. Amman, ISBN: 978-3-7888-0760-3) especially The Colour Atlas of Forest Damage: Diagnosis of Tree Diseases. (G. Hartmann et al., ISBN: 978-3-8001-4828-8). In Parey’s Book of Insects approximately 2000 European insect species are shown. In Amman’s Insects of the Forest the insects and their stages of development are described as are pictures of grub markings. In The Colour Atlas of Forest Damage different grub and disease markings are displayed according to the tree species which they inhabit, as well as vivid colour photos of insects too.

For forest managers and entomologists there are moreover a variety of good, further reaching, field guides (for example, Forest Protection on Ecological Grounds, Altenkirch et al., ISBN: 978-3-8001-3684-1). Reference is made in this respect to the classic, Forest Diseases (Fritz Schwertfeger, ISBN: 3-490-09116-7).


Next to the identification guides/literature, online-support material also exists on the internet. The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) operates an online diagnosis service for forest und tree damage. Here, the tree damage can be determined according to various criteria. Except for several large Pine tree pests, for example the Pine Beauty or the Pine Tree Lappet, the most relevant pests will be listed.

The Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW) in Austria can also offer you a damage diagnosis system on their internet site, where you can search by tree species and/or relevant plant parts. The results will be displayed just as on the WSL site.

You can find information on the internet sites of the State Forest Department and the State Forest Enterprise under the keyword, "forest protection". Notice that information sheets for the most important forest insect pests and, respectively, their natural opponents can be downloaded here. The North Rhein-Westphalia State forestry and timber agency offers, for example, a regular warning and information service per post, fax or email.


Should you not, despite your efforts, be able to determine a pest, it is recommended that you obtain an expert’s opinion. Next to regional forest managers there are also the professionals for wood or forest protection available in your state or a silvicultural research institute.

On the internet site of our KoNeKKTiW cooperation partner you can find lots of information on the theme of forest protection. In the following table we have listed the contact details for experts of the KoNeKKTiW project in each state.

Baden-WürttembergÖrtliche Revierleiter (Auskunft über die Landratsämter)


Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg (FVA)
Wonnhaldestr. 4
79100 Freiburg i. Br.

Link zur Abteilung Waldschutz der FVA

Regierungspräsidium Freiburg, Abteilung Forstdirektion
Fachbereich 83 - Waldbau, Klimawandel, Forsteinrichtung und FGeo
Bertoldstr. 43
79098 Freiburg oder


Mecklenburg-VorpommernLandesforst Mecklenburg-Vorpommern AöR
Fritz-Reuter-Platz 9
17139 Malchin

Link zum Sachgebiet Waldschutz der Landesforst M-V/Forstliches Versuchswesen


Nordrhein-WestfahlenLandesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW
Steinmüllerallee 13
51643 Gummersbach

Link zum Waldschutzmanagement in NRW

Rheinland-PfalzZentralstelle der Forstverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz
Ref. 2.4 Waldschutz
Le Quartier Hornbach 9
67433 Neustadt a. d. Weinstraße

Beim Waldschutz arbeiten die Landesforsten Rheinland-Pfalz mit der Forstlichen Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg (FVA) zusammen. Informationen zu diesem Thema finden Sie daher auf den Internetseiten der FVA (

SachsenStaatsbetrieb Sachsenforst
Obere Forst- und Jagdbehörde
Bonnewitzer Str. 34
01796 Pirna OT Graupa

Link zur Oberen Forst- und Jagdbehörde

Link zum Kompetenzzentrum Wald und Forstwirtschaft Referat Waldbau/Waldschutz

Schleswig-HolsteinNordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchanstalt (NW-FVA)
Grätzelstr. 2
37079 Göttingen

Link zur Abteilung Waldschutz der Nordwestdeutschen Forstlichen Versuchsanstalt

Österreich Bundesamt für Wald/Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft (BFW)
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8
A-1131 Wien

Link zum Institut für Waldschutz des BFW

Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich
Schauflergasse 6
A-1010 Wien

Informationen zum Thema bei der Landwirtschaftskammer

SchweizWaldschutz Schweiz (PBMD)
Fachstelle für Waldschutzfragen

Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf
HamburgFreie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Bezirksamt Harburg

Zentraler Forstdienst

Harburger Rathausplatz 6

21073 Hamburg

Zentraler Forstdienst

NiedersachsenNordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchanstalt (NW-FVA)

Grätzelstr. 2

37079 Göttingen

Link zur Abteilung Waldschutz der Nordwestdeutschen Forstlichen Versuchsanstalt

SaarlandSaarForst Landesbetrieb

Von der Heydt 12

D-66115 Saarbrücken

Beim Waldschutz arbeitet der Landesbetrieb SaarForst mit der Forstlichen Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg (FVA) zusammen. Informationen zu diesem Thema finden Sie daher auf den Internetseiten der FVA (


Hallesche Straße 16

99085 Erfurt

  • The Julius- Kühn- Institute is the Federal Research Centre for cultivated plants. Over the collection of links of the institute you can reach the contact person of the plant protection service in your state:
  • In Austria there exists an official plant protection service:
  • Contact persons at the regional level can also be found on the internet site of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture:

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