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Against the Flow - Invasive Plants Survey

Invasive Plants 'Against the Flow' Survey Angling Trust is asking anglers to be observant while walking river banks and lake banks. We would like people to use downloadable guide published by Plantlife, and report sightings of any of the invasive species they spot on local waterways. We would also like to encourage people to visit the Plantlife website and take the short Invasive Plants 'Against the Flow' Survey.

Against the Flow - Invasive Plants Campaign

Plantlife

New data from Plantlife shows that nearly a third of the UK’s 150 internationally important sites for wild plants and flowers have non-native, invasive species growing on them.

What are Invasive Pond Plants?

Invasive Pond Plants are non-native species, originally used in garden ponds and water features. However, they are often introduced unwittingly into the wild by gardeners, anglers and pond-keepers.

Invasive pond plants are still sold in garden centres, pet shops, aquarists, DIY stores and supermarkets.

Why are they such a problem?

When invasive plants get into the wild they can cause major problems. They spread quickly, taking over rivers and ponds and choking wildflowers and native wildlife. Several sites where the rare and endangered plant Three-lobed Crowfoot Ranunculus tripartitus grows have been swamped. Even Great Crested Newts – one of our most highly protected creatures – can suffer when invasive pond plants take over, reducing the open space males need in order to display to females and causing water temperatures to drop due to shading.

Why we need your help

Some anglers, wanting to improve fisheries, unwittingly introduce invasive species. Mike Heylin, from Angling Trust, says ‘New Zealand Pigmyweed, like Floating Pennywort, can extend over the whole surface of ponds and rivers, excluding light to the fish and invertebrates living below the surface and ultimately killing the water as a fishery.

Angling Trust is asking anglers to be observant while walking river banks and lake banks. We would like people to use downloadable guide published by Plantlife, and report sightings of any of the invasive species they spot on local waterways. We would also like to encourage people to visit the Plantlife website and take the short Invasive Plants 'Against the Flow' Survey.


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