The Tay Foundation is a Charitable Trust helping the River Tay and its tributaries, fish and environment
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Japaneese Knotweed and Invasive Plants Survey 2006
Certain species of non-native plants, notably Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed are making rapid encroachments on parts of the Tay system, as in many other Scottish rivers.
These species are aggressive and spread rapidly, crowding out native plant species and have a general detrimental effect on river ecology. Knotweed in particular is not easy to control. Before, these species become even more dominant than they currently are, management is urgently required.
For a control programme to be successful it must be conducted in a coordinated manner, otherwise these plants will merely recolonise. There the Tay Foundation supported a survey of the distribution of these plants along the Tay and its tributaries over the summer of 2006 as a precursor to a larger control programme.
Japanese knotweed (above) and Himalayan balsam (middle) are aggressive garden escapees which threatens to overwhelm some river’s banks if control measures are not urgently put in place.