Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Warning on threat from non-native plant species

Derry City Council’s biodiversity officer today warned that invasive foreign plants and animal species are threatening local species.

Julie Corry said non-native plant and animal species were now posing problems to the local environment.

Ms Corry added that most invasive species in the local area have been introduced by humans.

She said: “Two common invasive plant species in Northern Ireland are Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam.

“These are common throughout the Derry City Council area, in particular along roadsides and riverbanks.

“Anyone seeking advice to control this species is advised to read best practice advice from Invasive Species Ireland via the website |www.invasivespeciesireland.|com”

Ms Corry added that as part of the Derry-Londonderry Local Biodiversity Action Plan, Derry City Council with the Derry and District Biodiversity Partnership have developed an Invasive Species Action Plan that aims to reduce the threat to native biodiversity by controlling non-native invasive species.

As part of the raising awareness process, Derry City Council held a training session and visit to Bay Road Park Local Nature Reserve this week to showcase how best to control some of the key local invasive species.

John Early, from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, said: “It’s vitally important we get the key message out to the public and to organisations who can help fight the battle against invasive species.”

For more information, please contact Julie Corry, Biodiversity Officer, on email: Julie.corry@derrycity.gov.uk or by telephone on 028 7136 5151.

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