Identification of Invasive Plant Species
Which invasive plants are the most common? Find out how to identify them using our helpful guides below.
Giant Hogweed IdentificationGiant Hogweed is a dangerous plant and physical control of it is generally unsuccessful.
Himalayan Balsam IdentificationThis non-native invasive perennial is most often found along watercourses and easily spreads by seed.
Horsetail IdentificationThis toxic perrenial, sometimes confused with marestail, is difficult to control and causes damage to hard landscaping.
Cotoneaster IdentificationComes in endless varieties and is spread by birds. The plants out-compete native vegetation and can be difficult to eradicate.
Giant Rhubarb / Gunnera IdentificationGunnera Tinctoria - a relative of the rhubarb plant spreads rapidly.
Montbretia Crocosmia x Crocosmiiflora IdentificationThis non-native invasive perennial has taken over verges and hedgerows across the UK.
All landowners, whether residential or commercial, have a duty to manage invasive non-native species (INNS) on their land, in accordance with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019.
There are also species that are not yet legislated against that can cause real problems in gardens and on development sites such as:
- Running Bamboo Varieties
- Buddleja Davidii
Rest assured, where invasive species are identified at an early stage and tackled correctly, problems can usually be avoided. Our trained specialists carry out site surveys to map specified terrestrial invasive plant species and provide management plans tailored to your requirements.
We can also provide method statements for the discharge of planning conditions relating to invasive plant species.
Think you have one? Select an option above to help correctly identify some of the more common species.