|Himalayan Balsam - If you see it - pull it out!|
Monday, 10 June 2013
Himalayan Balsam - If you see it - pull it out!
A catchment wide partnership project 'Going Native' is designed to rid our rivers of invasive non-native species. Aimed at specifically establishing effective catchment wide control of American mink and the weeds Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. These weeds, through their vigorous growth out compete native plants and so limit the biodiversity of the river banks and, as they die back in winter, expose the bare banks to increased erosion. Over the next 4 years the volunteer group aims to expand the control of Himalayan Balsam from the current core work on the River Honddu and achieve effective control along the River Monnow and her tributaries by 2013, using contractors and then by coordinating the follow up voluntary effort to hand pull it. More information is available at Monnow Rivers Project.