Floating Pennywort Prevention

Learn how we are working alongside the Middle Level Commissioners to prevent the spread of the invasive plant, Floating Pennywort, into the Middle Level system.

About the project

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This project has been funded through Anglian Water’s Invasive Species Fund, which is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

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Why is this needed?

Cambridgeshire ACRE is delivering a project in partnerships with the Middle Level Commissioners (MLC) to prevent the spread of Floating Pennywort into the Middle Level system of waterbodies.

The Partnership has serious concerns about the spread of Floating Pennywort into the catchment as it is prevalent in waterbodies all around. Floating Pennywort is a pernicious non-native invasive species which reproduces by shedding parts of its stems containing growth nodes, it is highly invasive. The broken-off plant parts can float to new parts of a waterway and begin forming huge rafts of vegetation which shut out light and oxygen and reduce flow. This makes waterways uninhabitable for most aquatic life and unusable by farmers and communities. It is difficult to control, virtually impossible to eradicate and costly to deal with.

There is a need for accurate and timely reporting to the MLC of any Floating Pennywort sightings so that rapid action can be taken.

The project will support waterways users, local councils, landowners, local interest groups, the public, MLC staff and Internal Drainage Board members to gain greater skills in the identification and reporting of Floating Pennywort. 

The project will deliver:

  • A dedicated system for reporting sightings of Floating Pennywort.
  • A range of communication materials tailored to different audiences to convey identification and reporting messages.
  • A communications campaign using leaflets, electronic information and social media and a video to distribute these messages to key audiences.
  • Two training days to further reinforce the messages.

How can you get involved?

If you would like to learn more about our Water Care projects, including this one, please contact Rachael Brown, Community Development Manager, on 01353 865037 or email at rachael.brown@cambsacre.org.uk.

What impact has our work had?

We are in the early stages of the project currently (Dec-21). Work to date has included developing the communications materials and sending these out to boating clubs, marinas and fishing tackle shops in the project area. We have also been posting to over 25+ community groups on Facebook, reaching thousands of people.

 

In the first quarter of 2022, we will be hosting two training workshops to advise attendees on how you can help protect your waterways and recording a short video to help spread the project’s messages. We are excited to see this project take shape.

Updates

Coming soon.

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Who can I talk to about this work?

Please contact Rachael Brown, Community Development Manager, on 01353 865037 or email at rachael.brown@cambsacre.org.uk.