Bedford people urged to report sightings of invasive plant which grows up to 20cm a day

Floating Pennywort can cause major problems for wildlife and river users
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RiverCare and the Environment Agency have unveiled a new project to tackle invasive non-native Floating Pennywort on the River Great Ouse.

Thought to have been introduced into British freshwaters from the ornamental pond industry, it can grow up to 20cm a day, rapidly blanket watercourses and cause major problems for wildlife and river users.

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Because of the speed with which this species grows, catching early growth is key in successful control - and the joint project is calling on river-based organisations, towns and villages to help spread awareness.

Floating Pennywort (GBNNSS)Floating Pennywort (GBNNSS)
Floating Pennywort (GBNNSS)

You can log any sightings of Floating Pennywort here

Lesley Saint, from the Environment Agency, said: “Local river users can really help in the fight to control this invasive species both by reporting sightings and taking steps to prevent its spread.

"Floating Pennywort can re-grow from thumbnail-sized fragments so checking, cleaning and drying equipment after use is very important to prevent accidently transporting it to another area of the river.”