Funding available for tackling non native species.

The Environment Agency and Angling Trust has announced £75,000 of funding for which angling clubs can apply (to a maximum of £5K-£10K per club) through the Angling Improvement Fund, aimed at tackling invasive non-native plant and invertebrate species (INNS), like Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and Signal crayfish. More details at on the Angling Trust website.

Your local WTT Conservation Officer can help with this work, to carry out a survey of the INNS on your river fishery. All WTT staff contact details are on the Contact Us page of this website. 

WTT Trout in the Town programme manager, Theo Pike, has written a handy little book on how to tackle INNS, called The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing. Available as a print book and an e‑book.

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Himalayan balsam smothers native plants and, in winter, leaves banks bare and vulnerable to erosion