Mersey basin Campaign
Archive document

MBC107

Archive document

Alien Invasion

Abstract

Japanese knotweed - a plant that can grow through concrete and damage the foundations of houses. Giant hogweed - a plant that has sap that burns the skin and leaves wounds that can be aggravated by light up to six years after the initial contact. This may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but non-native invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to the UK's biodiversity. Ciara Leeming investigates some of the countries most dangerous plants and explores the problems associated with their control and eradication.

Permanent link

http://merseybasin.org.uk/archive/items/MBC107.html

Theme

Strategic

Regions

Mersey Estuary, Upper Mersey, Bollin, Weaver, Etherow & Goyt, Irwell, Manchester Ship Canal, Manchester Waterways, Ribble, Darwen, Douglas, Liverpool, Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire, Wirral

Tags

source invasivespecies biodiversity

Credit

Ciara Leeming Photographs by: Sean Wilton, Lucy Burton SourceNW

Publication date

March 2007

Licence

Free use – you can download this item and use it in any way you wish.