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Project LeaderLondon Invasive Species NetworkProject PartnersAll CVP partners Funding SourcesThames WaterProject Budget£6,450Project Timescale2015

Invasive Non-Native Species

This project aimed to gain an understanding of the distribution of non-native species within the catchment and its control/management.

Utilising exisisting and new community groups and organisations, a data collection programme was developed that built on the existing data held by the partners of the CVP, collating all data within one database. These data have been included within the CVP GIS database and is also held with Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL).

In addition, biosecurity was promoted throughout the catchment, which will include Check, Clean, Dry, Stop the Spread national campaigns as well as bespoke action for the catchment.

The primary outcomes of the project was:

  • Compilation of baseline data for Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, and Floating Pennywort along the river corridors within the catchment;
  • Increased ownership and independence of organisation and community in collecting and sharing invasive species data;
  • More coordinated and effective invasive species management throughout the catchment, increase in volunteer work conducted and sites treated;
  • Increased ownership of areas and their management, as well as increased knowledge about invasive species issues and their treatment;
  • Increased awareness of and action towards holistic biosecurity throughout the catchment. All catchment partners aware of biosecurity measures.

The final report is available for download.