Please contact the Floating pennywort Strategy steering group to let us know of your project, and with any questions you have.
1. Identify government, non-government and volunteer groups who may be interested in a partnership
- Is the current control working, and if not, why?
- What skills and resources can each partner bring to the project?
- Where are the gaps, and who could fill them?
2. Establish the extent of the project area
- How does that fit with other existing plans, such as the Catchment Based Approach?
- Have you engaged with relevant landowners, agencies and authorities and sought their permission and cooperation?
- Are potential source populations contained within the project area?
3. Establish the area and severity of the infestation
- How does abundance vary along the watercourse?
- What can you do to encourage better recording?
- How will you manage data and recorders?
4. Prioritise where management is most important
- Where are the source populations?
- Can you contain and reduce large infestations?
- Are there new infestations that could be quickly eradicated?
5. Agree on what you are able to deliver
- What management techniques can the partnership deliver?
- Can other partners bring valuable skills or equipment?
- Do you have the appropriate access and have a plan for how you intend to dispose of the floating pennywort?
6. Ensure that your activities pose no risk to people or the environment
- Do you have the appropriate risk assessments and equipment to avoid harm to people and the environment?
- Does everyone have the appropriate training and sufficient insurance cover?
- How will the work impact other water users and members of the public?
7. Ensure all partners are clear on what you intend to achieve, and that you have the means to know when you have done so
- Do your management objectives vary in different locations, have these been mapped and communicated and will they be monitored?
- Are your objectives realistic, agreed by all the partners and can they be sustained?
- Do you need special permissions and have you obtained them?
8. Coordinate your management
How will you plan and coordinate the work?
- Will one or more partners need to mechanically remove the bulk of the FP before volunteers can become engaged?
- Who are the landowners, asset owners and users of the watercourse, how will the work impact them and have they agreed to the work?
- How will you coordinate and motivate volunteers?
9. Establish and maintain good communications
How will you communicate about your project?
- Are you communicating adequately with the relevant landowners, asset owners, water users and the local community?
- Do you have a media plan, agreed by all the partners?
- Are you engaging with your recorders and encouraging other people to become engaged in the project?
10. Consolidate your success, share it and encourage others to emulate it
- How will you ensure that resources are still available to respond quickly to future management needs?
- What can you do to capture all that you have achieved and learned so that others can follow your example?
- Are there other environmental outcomes, such as management of other invasive species, litter-clearance or habitat improvement that the partnership could focus on in future?
Risk assessments and insurance cover
- Case studies from other groups: Yorkshire, Peak Forest Canal, RDAA / Lower Kennet, River Stort (PDF).
- Floating pennywort ID sheet (PDF)
- Record floating pennywort (external link) and other non-native species
- information on biosecurity
- Biosecurity risk assessment
- Information on Local Action Groups
- Free online biosecurity training (external link)
- Management techniques
- Check Clean Dry
- Local Action Group toolkit
Return to the main floating pennywort strategy page.