Invasive non-native species are species of plants or animals that have been introduced to an area outside of their natural habitat. These species may be introduced deliberately such as plants that have been introduced for their aesthetic value, or accidentally, such as species that have arrived attached to boats or in the soil of other plants. If these species become established in the wild they can threaten native biodiversity, have adverse impacts on economic activity, and in some cases they can even impact human health. Unfortunately south Armagh is now home to many invasive non-native species that are having a negative impact on the biodiversity here. It is therefore important that we can recognise these species and report any sightings so they can be properly controlled.
Many invasive non-native aquatic plants are still sold in garden centres. It is important to look at the scientific name of the plants you are buying as some can be labelled incorrectly and you may end up accidentally introducing an invasive species to your garden.
More information about invasive aquatic plants is provided by the Be Plant Wise campaign.
To help prevent the spread of invasive species it is important to be careful when buying and planting anything in your garden and to follow codes of practice when disposing of any garden waste or after any water based activities. The removal of invasive species that have already become established can be much more difficult, and with some species such as Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed specialist help is required. More information about management and prevention can be found on the NNSS or Invasive Species Ireland websites.
If you discover any invasive species in your garden and are unsure of what to do contact us at [email protected] or Tel: 028 3082 8591