HOW TO START BAL­SAM BASH­ING

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MANY RIVERS trusts and other en­vi­ron­men­tal part­ner­ships or­gan­ise lo­cal ef­forts to fight back against in­va­sive non-na­tive species (INNS). Here’s a se­lec­tion:

Mon­now Rivers As­so­ci­a­tion:

Since 2010, the As­so­ci­a­tion’s trail­blaz­ing Go­ing Na­tive pro­ject has been clear­ing in­va­sive mink and Hi­malayan bal­sam from the River Mon­now and its tribu­taries along the English/welsh bor­der. An­glers are still en­cour­aged to pull 50 bal­sam plants (if they can find them!) as part of their day on the river: find out more at www.mon­now.org This lo­cal part­ner­ship be­tween landown­ers, farm­ers, gillies, fish­er­men and vol­un­teers has been delivering com­pre­hen­sive con­trol of gi­ant hogweed, Ja­panese knotweed and Hi­malayan bal­sam across the Tweed catch­ment since

Tweed In­va­sives Fo­rum:

2003. For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.tweed­fo­rum.org

Cum­bria Fresh­wa­ter INNS

Ini­tia­tive: Cur­rently funded by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, Nat­u­ral Eng­land and De­fra, this is a pilot for a multi-catch­ment ap­proach to con­trol­ling fresh­wa­ter and ri­par­ian INNS, in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing biose­cu­rity and train­ing vol­un­teers. To get in­volved, visit http://cfinns. scrt.co.uk/ Wan­dle Trust: Lo­cal vol­un­teers have erad­i­cated Hi­malayan bal­sam from the Car­shal­ton arm of south Lon­don’s River Wan­dle, and are now busily tack­ling bal­sam and float­ing pennywort on the rest of the river, thanks to a pro­ject with the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. Find out more at www.wan­dletrust.org Read­ers of­fer: To buy Theo Pike’s book The Pocket Guide to Bal­sam Bash­ing, turn to page 84.

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