As attractive as it may look, Himalayan balsam causes widespread erosion of river and canal banks in the UK, leading to problems on towpaths, flooding and the suffocation of fish eggs.
If you are out for a walk along a waterway this summer, look out for Himalayan balsam. Whether you are walking the dog or out with family and friends, everyone can help by pulling up a few plants if you see it before the seeds have started to develop.
Here’s what to do:
And that’s all there is to it.
Find out more about Himalayan Balsam.
Do you know an area that you believe would benefit from a Himalayan Balsam pulling session? Then contact us (details below).
You should also record the presence of Himalayan Balsam on a national database. This is easily done online via PlantTracker, a recording system created in partnership with the University of Bristol, Environment Agency and the Centre for Hydrology & Ecology, which can also be downloaded as an App, or via the Non-native Species Secretariat website. You should also report any locations of Himalayan Balsam to your local waterway office.
Ensure you don’t accidentally carry the seeds to a new area (eg on the bottom of your shoes or on the deck of a boat), and don’t place balsam flowers or stems on areas where it was not previously present.
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