After habitat loss invasive non-native species are said to be the most important threat to biodiversity. These species are estimated to cost the UK economy £1.7 billion per year and their impact is rising.
Like in the States, here in Lancashire we have a number of unwanted species present, each contributing to the reduction of native biodiversity.
The Lancashire Invasive Species Project was set up by the Ribble Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency to monitor and manage invasive species throughout the county and our aim is to develop a strategy which will help us to manage the control of invasive species.
For this project to be a success it is vital that we map the distribution of invasive species, the Lancashire Invasive Species Project website allows the public to record their sightings and access information about invasive species.
In order for the project to be a success we require help from volunteers and landowners to survey areas and record any invasive species sightings, as well as help to pull balsam and spray knotweed.
If you are interested in getting involved, please click here.
To go to the Lancashire Invasive Species Project website please click here.