Almond/Avon Invasive Non-Native Species Project

Aims of the project

The Trust has been running a strategic catchment based Invasive Non Native Species control programme (Forth Invasive Non Native Species Programme) since December 2012.  This programme ended in December 2014.  The programme is based on a sustainable approach to control using local trained volunteers who used equipment and herbicide provided by the Trust.

Significant inroads have been made to the control of INNS on both the Avon and the Almond.  To continue with this work the Trust needs to be able to coordinate the strategy and support the volunteers.  This would involve:

  • Undertaking and coordinating surveys and monitoring of growth
  • Liaison with local volunteer groups
  • Maintaining of equipment and distributing as required
  • Purchase of herbicide and distribution
  • Updating of data on websites
  • Continuing to attend events and raise awareness of the issue
  • Provide training for new recruits
  • Undertake habitat restoration works where INNS has been removed
  • Undertake continued professional development including attending and holding best practice events.

Who’s involved

  • West Lothian Council
  • West Lothian Angling Association
  • Murieston Environmental Group
  • River Avon Federation
  • Community Council’s

What’s happening

This work will continue in the Almond/Avon catchments during the development and delivery phase. If you would like to help on this project please contact Jonathan via email j.louis@fishforth.co.uk