Aquatic Plants

Invasive non-native aquatic plants are a particular problem. They can spread rapidly, choke waterways, increase flooding risk and damage angling interests. Many infestations result from people removing plants that have out-grown their ponds and dumping them in nearby waterways. There are several public relations campaigns for non-native aquatic plants:

The Be Plant Wise campaign aims to inform gardeners about invasive non-native species, how to 'know what you grow' and 'compost with care'.  

Plantlife are running a campaign to help stop the spread of invasive non-native plants called Against the Flow (external link).

In Scotland they also have Pond Alert (external link) to raise awareness of invasive non-native plants in ponds and have produced a colourful leaflet to help identify suitable native and unsuitable non-native plants.

You can access the Water for Wildlife Campaign - All Choked Up (external link) here.

Managing invasive non-native plants in or near fresh water (PDF) - Environment Agency 2010

Invasive alien plants in aquatic environments (PDF) - ONEMA The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments 2015

Good practice management guidance for curly waterweed (PDF) - RAPID LIFE (2018)

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