There are many non-native plant species in Northern Ireland which don’t cause problems. A few, however, can become invasive and upset the balance of the ecosystem. They are often bigger, faster-growing or more aggressive than native species and may take over the habitat where they grow.
The Northern Ireland Government website provides details of invasive species https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/invasive-plants
Invasive aquatic species
Ponds can create a wonderful feature in your garden and are often a haven for wildlife. However, if not cared for properly, some pond plants can take over your pond. Getting rid of some of the worst invasive species can take some time and a number of growing seasons. www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/invasive-aquatic-plants
Details on the legislation on non-native invasive species in Northern Ireland can be found on Invasive Species Ireland http://invasivespeciesireland.com/legislation/northern-ireland/
Report sightings online
The Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) collates wildlife records for both native and non-native species.
You can record your sightings on their website either as a single record event or you can register with them and send details through a free online account.
Report sightings online by visiting http://www2.habitas.org.uk/records/
Council will tackle the following invasive non-native species on Council owned land
To report non-native invasive species please click here.
Further information for Householders
The main information can be found on the NI Direct website https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/invasive-plants
Further information on the management and control of Japanese knotweed, Giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam can be found at Property Care Association (PCA) www.property-care.org/homeowners/invasive-weed-control/
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) provide information on Japanese knotweed. www.rics.org/uk/knowledge/professional-guidance/information-papers/japanese-knotweed-and-residential-property-1st-edition/
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