Are you a gardener/pond owner?

Ponds can turn a garden from good to great. They create a wonderful feature to be enjoyed all year round and are often a haven for wildlife. However, if they are not cared for properly some common pond plants can take over your pond. They can also become established in the wild, where they can smother our native plants, clog our waterways, exacerbate flooding and remove oxygen from the water which can harm fish.

This website gives you more information about some of the most invasive non-native species threatening our environment. It also tells you how to dispose of unwanted plants properly and how to get the best out of your pond.

By following three simple steps we can all help the environment and reduce costs.

Know what you grow

    • Information on six of the key invasive aquatic plants
    • Guidance about how to find alternative plants for your pond
    • Links to aquatic plant identification sheets

Stop the spread

    • Why is the issue important?
    • A selection of aquatic plant species which can cause problems in the wild

Compost with care

    • What to do if you have an invasive plant you want to remove from your pond
    • Tips for dealing with some of the worst species
    • How to dispose of your pond plants
    • How to look after your pond
    • Further advice on the management of your pond plants
    • Further advice on composting and green waste
Invasive Species Northern Ireland

Invasive Species Northern Ireland