Invasive Non Native Species Recording and Monitoring in the Upper Wyre Catchment and the Lancashire Invasives Project

‚ÄčAs part of the Lancashire Invasives Project the Wyre Rivers Trust trained eight operatives from a variety of partner organisations to remove INNS from the Wyre Catchment. We also monitored species such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed in the lower and mid Wyre Catchment. In September and October 2015 we began to eradicate a number of dense stands of Japanese Knotweed using stem injection, we will continue with the stem injection programme in the autumn of 2016.

Further to this the Wyre Rivers Trust hosted a number of INNS awareness days which educated stakeholders about INNS and their impact on the riparian environment. Education on Invasive Non-Native Species for stakeholders is crucial as it will ensure that they know what and what not to do with INNS and how they can help to ensure that their activities are not spreading INNS within the Wyre Catchment.

This project was supported by funding from the Environment Agency.

The primary focus of the INNS Recording and Monitoring project was to monitor and record the locations of Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed in the Upper Wyre Catchment, this information will then be collated and digitised. The information collected by this project is vital to the Wyre Rivers Trust as it will allow us to be more efficient when eradicating these species. It is imperative that the spread of these species is monitored and recorded as they pose a great threat to the ecology of the Wyre Catchment. These species are highly invasive and outcompete native species of flora and fauna, causing a decrease in biodiversity.

This project received funding from the Forest of Bowland AONB Sustainable Development Fund, a grant scheme that supports projects that bring, environmental, social and economic benefits to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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