Habitat Degradation and physical modification

Invasive non-native species are species which have been introduced by humans and have a negative effect on the ecosystem they are introduced. This is often because they outcompete native wildlife. They can be time consuming and costly to remove. Find out more about the invasive plant species you will see when out and about on the Wyre here.

The course of many waterbodies in our catchment has been physically modified; channels have been straightened and weirs added in the past in order to power mills, improve drainage or allow water abstraction. However, straightened channels result in lower biodiversity due to their reduced habitat diversity and weirs can often prevent fish passage.