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Everyone can do their bit for nature - find out how to do yours! Whether it is spotting your garden wildlife, or changing the management of your company’s landholding

Send in your sightings of Himalayan balsam

This tall non-native invasive plant grows in such dense clumps that it crowds out most of our native plants. It has spread throughout the UK since it was introduced as a garden plant in the 19th century, and favours damp areas and the banks of rivers or drains. This plant is considered such a threat to our wildlife that it is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to plant it or introduce it to the wild.

Many organisations take action to remove Himalayan balsam from our countryside, but to do that effectively we need to know where it is.

Have you seen this pink-flowered plant anywhere? If so, let us know by filling in the form below. If you have sightings of other plants and animals, find out how you can help.


IMPORTANT: By submitting information you agree that it may be collated and disseminated manually or electronically, including the internet, for environmental decision-making, education, research and other public benefit uses in accordance with LERC's data access policy.

Names and contact details will be used for administration and verification purposes only. Your contact details will not be passed to other parties without your consent, whilst your name will form part of the record that is collated and disseminated. Please notify us directly if you have any concerns regarding the availability of this data.

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