Alien Invasion at Siblyback! – Battle of Balsam – A ‘Call to Action’ Event

11:00 am

5th June 2019

Wednesday 5 June 11am – 3pm, free to all participants

Do you want to make a difference and help the biodiversity of Siblyback Lake? Then join the wardens, Nige and John, and South West Lakes Trust’s Invasive Species Officer, Nicola Morris, to help take on the alien invasion of Himalayan Balsam along the south section of Siblyback Lake.

Himalayan Balsam (a relative of busy lizzie) first invaded our shores in 1839. It is now a naturalised plant that grows rapidly and spreads quickly, often shading out other (often native) vegetation as it grows. It will tolerate shade and will quickly see off other plants as it marches along river banks and lake shores.

Over the past five years, Nige and John have been pulling up this plant along the edges of Siblyback to try to stop the spread. This has seen some great results, but more pulling is required to try to banish this cunning plant, with its explosive seeds, from our lake. So this year, as part of Environment Day and as a follow up to Invasive Species Week, we are asking for your help.

Please bring suitable clothing for a practical task to venture into dense vegetation and tackle some uneven ground (gloves provided). There will be cake and hot drinks available!