Help fight the ‘alien invasion’

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The council is working with Invasive Species Ireland in a bid to rid the borough of troublesome invasive alien species of plants that threaten native wildlife, the economy and, in some cases, can be harmful to people.

Invasive Species Ireland wants to get a clearer understanding of the extent of the spread of these plants, and local people are being asked to help by using a free pocket-sized Riverbank Invasive Alien Plants guide to identify and record where they see them.

Lindsay Matthews, the council’s Biodiversity Officer, explains: “Riverbanks throughout Northern Ireland, including along the Sixmilewater and Threemilewater, have been colonised by invasive alien species plants such as Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam. Collection of records will help to create an effective action plan for control of these species.”

For more information or a free plant guide call Lindsay on 028 9034 0069.