Water primrose, which was introduced into the UK as an ornamental aquatic plant, is invading ponds, lakes, wetlands and waterbodies. It forms dense mats which exclude native species, degrade amenity use and may increase flood risk. It is now banned from sale in the UK, but it has been found in a variety of waterbodies, especially, ponds, fisheries and wetlands. The Environment Agency is coordinating the eradication of existing infestations. To date, 39 sites have been found, 14 of which are believed to have been eradicated. If you find water primrose, report it at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on identifying water primrose is available on the Non-native Species Secretariat website.
by Jane Hampson | Oct 1, 2019