Westcountry Rivers Trust – Upper Taw invasive species survey

The North Devon Catchment Partnership has plans to address the issue of non-native invasive species (NNIS) within the catchment, as one of their aims in 2017.

The Westcountry Rivers Trust conducted a survey for non-native invasive species (NNIS) towards the end of 2015 to map and NNIS in the Upper Taw river corridor. The aim was to determine the upstream extents of NNIS, and particularly Himalayan Balsam; exploring all minor tributaries as well as the main river.

The report for the survey concluded that Himalayan balsam was the most problematic invasive species within the Upper Taw River and suggests targeting the main river and upstream tributaries to begin eradication, whilst also implementing educational programmes to achieve a longer term and sustainable solution to the problem Read the full report.