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Invasive Species Week: Minister sees ‘dramatic impact’
floating pennywort is having on our rivers and lakes
Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner
met the Angling Trust and Environment Agency to see at first hand the
damaging effect floating pennywort,
an invasive non-native aquatic plant,
is having on our waterways.
Lord Gardiner visited Little Britain
Lake in Hillingdon, west London,
where the weed has taken hold and
heard about the steps being taken to
prevent its spread into the River
Colne. He also watched new signs
being erected to encourage anglers
and boaters to check, clean and dry
equipment and clothing to avoid
spreading non-native species.
Rolling up his sleeves to help
remove it, Lord Gardiner said that
floating pennywort was having “a
dramatic impact” on the country’s
lakes and rivers. He added: “We want
to arrest its spread and then, wherever we can, control it and ensure we
no longer have the problem we have
at the moment, but it is going to be a
fairly long task. Invasive species pose
a real threat to our country’s native
plants and animals and cost the economy at least £1.8 billion a year. The
Check, Clean, Dry campaign is playing a key role in raising awareness of
these threats, helping to prevent new
arrivals and stopping the spread of
invasive species already here. It is
great to see the whole community of
river users supporting this programme to protect the future of our
precious native species.”
John Anderson kindly sent us this
shot taken on a recent game fishing
holiday in Gambia. Lucky so and so!
Lord Gardiner’s visit to Hillingdon
came during Invasive Species Week,
organised by the GB Non-Native
Species Secretariat (NNSS) and Defra,
aimed at highlighting the problems
caused by invasive species.
Mark Owen, Angling Trust’s Head
of Freshwater, said: “‘It was great to
get the Biosecurity Minister out on
site to see the problems with floating
pennywort. We hope this will quickly
lead to the government putting in
place effective, funded control and
management plans to coordinate
eradication work on a catchment
Martin Salter, Angling Trust’s Head
of Campaigns, said: “Floating pennywort is a spreading menace to both
rivers and lakes and can completely
overwhelm a fishery in a few months,
depleting oxygen levels, blocking out
sunlight and removing vital habitat
and food for fish and other wildlife. It
has become a major problem on the
lower Kennet near Reading and as
now found its way into the Thames.”


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