An opportunity has arisen to hold a half-day training event on recognising and controlling non-native invasive water plants.
Recent discoveries of non-native plants at sites in the Middle Level (for instance, New Zealand pigmyweed and Parrot’s Feather) and the real threat of further non-native species getting closer to the area (such as Floating Pennywort) have increased the importance for everyone involved with the management of ditches, drains and water bodies to be aware of what to watch for and how to deal with it. The early identification and control of non-native invasive plant species is important to those involved in the management or well-being of waterways in the Fens, which is just about everyone.
The Middle Level Commissioners, with help from the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund attached to one of the 25 OWLP projects, are running a half- day course on identifying non-native invasive water plants on Friday 26th September 2014.
The course will be led by Jonathan Graham, a very experienced botanist who has carried out vegetation surveys throughout the Fens over many years. Jonathan Graham will give identification guidance on non-native invasive species and the native species they are likely to be confused with. Information on the control of the different invasive species will be given. Samples of the likely non-native plants that may be encountered will be available to view as specimens. The presentation will be followed by a field trip to local drains to view plants that could be confused with the non-native species.
It is a half-day course and will be based at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street, March, PE15 9LH starting at 9:30am and ending at 1:30pm. (An option to leave earlier at the end of the indoor session is available).
The event is limited to 60 attendees on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend this free event, please contact Cliff Carson, Environmental Officer at the Middle Level Commissioners, to confirm your place: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 01354 602965
For further details about the course, please see the following Word document: Non-native invasive species course invitation
- OWLP Ditch Biodiversity Survey: Results
- A Catchment Based Approach to the Old Bedford and Middle Level catchment
- What is special about the OWLP area?