Tagged Invasive

American Skunk Cabbage Control On Behalf of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and The New Forest National Park Authority

For the second year running we have taken part in the invasive non-native species control as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded New Forest ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme.

American skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is present in several locations in and around the New Forest National Park.

Under European Union regulations, it is an offence in the UK to keep, cultivate, breed, transport, sell or exchange this species, or release it, intentionally or unintentionally, into the environment.

American skunk cabbage is a large, imposing perennial producing paddle-shaped leaves up to 1.5 metres tall and yellow arum-like flowers in spring that are spectacular but foul-smelling (hence the name). Originally from western North America, it was widely available from garden centres and nurseries for planting besides ponds and in bog gardens.

It spreads vigorously in wet woodland, wetlands and ditches, forming dense stands that out-compete native vegetation by shading and smothering. Reproduction by seed in the wild is frequent. It has been reported in at least 10 EU countries.

We are just recording the results from our late May treatment and the dieback looks promising.

The large site presents awkward access bordering a lake and approximately 1 hectare of boggy woodland often requiring a long walk in full PPE and a heavy Knapsack. Due to the densities of the plants we have used spray paint to mark individual plants and a flag system to help navigate the woodland.

Late June 2016. First treatment – difficult to navigate through plants. Note the yellow markers
Late May 2017. Fewer plants, smaller and easier to move around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lone plant in the upper reaches. Treated in 2016
Late May 2017. Same location as image to the left. Plant dead and no sign of new seedlings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 weeks post treatment – Dieback evident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aqua tractor fully laden and starting to unload

Our new aquatic weed harvester, “Jenny”

Wednesday 6th April 2016, it’s a big day for Kingcombe Aquacare.

Today at 12:00 noon we are going to launch our new weed harvester “Jenny”. She is being named Jenny in memory of our dear friend and colleague, who lost her battle to cancer in 2011.

The boat is launching at Coldharbour Boat Ramp at Ham near Taunton (which we built for the Environment Agency); this will be signed from the A358. There is space to park. The postcode is TA3 5NZ at the junction of White Street and Knapp Road.

If you are local and have a spare hour please do come and say hello. You can see the boat at work, either from the bank or jump in the passenger seat and talk to the operator as you go up river. Come and chat to our staff either about the boat or any other service that we can provide. We will be on site from 11am until 3pm, there will be pasties and hot drinks available.

“Jenny” is joining our other AquaTractor “Gordon” to deal with the increased workload to provide a reliable and flexible service.

Our AquaTractor weed harvester offers the following benefits for aquatic weed control:

  •  A reliable, productive workhorse
  • Weed cutting depth to 1.950m
  • Extremely manoeuvrable
  • Weed free helix screw propulsion unit, directional through 180°, with hydraulically adjustable operating depth
  • Shallow draft (laden draft of only 325mm)
  • Hold capacity up to 5m³
  • Discharge speed less than 2 minutes
  • Less than 30 minutes to launch and prepare for operation = maximum productivityAquaTractor - an efficient, effective and reliable aquatic weed harvester, in action