High Weald

parrotsfeatherThere are a range of non native plants which have ecaped into wetlands and ponds of the High Weald.  The most common problem plants you could find are:

  1. Canadian Waterweed or Pondweed (Elodea canadensis) (floating)
  2. Parrot's Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum or Myriophullym brasiliensis) (floating)
  3. Japanse knotweed (bankside)
  4. Himalayan Balsam (bankside)
  5. Gaint Hogweed (bankside)

These plants are extremely invasive and they can take over ponds and exclude native species.  You can download free indentification guides to these and more non native plants from the Non Native Species Secretariat website.The Ponds Conservation Trust also have advice on invasive, non native plants to avoid in ponds on there website.

If you plan to use herbicides to control aquatic or bankside weeds you will need concent from the Environment Agency, or find an Environment Agency approved specialist contractor.