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WQE06 Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) Control

Himalayan BalsamHimalayan Balsam

Water courses provide ideal transport mechanisms for many invasive species to spread, notably the now familiar Himalayan balsam. This specie shades out native vegetation, leaving banks bare over the winter and prone to erosion.

Our project aims to control this annual species using surveys to identify its occurrence.  Contractors and a team of volunteers will then remove as much as they can between July and September, when the plant is in flower but before seeding.

Project Aim: To control Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) in the Ryevitalise scheme area to help secure the future for native threatened species and habitats, benefit water quality and improve the environment for everyone who works in and visits this special landscape.

Project Outcomes:

  • Better condition of riparian habitats and improved natural river processes
  • Improved understanding of INNS and their impacts
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Volunteer engagement