Major offensive against invasive species launched in Exmoor

A two-year programme to tackle invasives species such as Japanese knotweed has been launched across six sites of specific scientific interest (SSSI) in Exmoor.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to plant or allow invasive species like Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and montbretia to grow in the wild.

To counter the spread of these and other invasive species in the national park, the Exmoor Non-Native Invasives Species project has received a £185,000 grant from the EU’s European Agricultural fund to improve the conditions of its SSSIs.

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