Non-native species Course : Invitation


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.


New Zealand Pigmyweed, Crassula helmsii. Source: Copyright GBNNSS (,

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  Phone   01354 602965

For further details about the course, please see the following Word document:  Non-native invasive species course invitation


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I am currently coordinating a partnership-led bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (for a circa £600K Heritage Grant bid) focusing on strengthening the unique yet vulnerable natural heritage in the Cambridgeshire Fens surrounding the Old west River, the new 'New Life on the Old West' project. Until recently I was the Programme Manager for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, leading on the 1-year development and 3-year delivery phases of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme (from Dec 2012 until March 2017), on behalf of and in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The Ouse Washes LP's portfolio of 51 projects have focused on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim has been to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities.