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Burkes Wood Pond – please keep dogs out

PLEASE KEEP DOGS OUT OF THE POND IN THE WOODS

A survey carried out on the pond at Burkes Wood in May 2021 revealed that a non-native invasive plant species is growing in the pond. New Zealand pygmyweed forms dense mats which cause shading and outcompete all other aquatic vegetation, grows rapidly and may cover 100% of surface area of the infested water body. Severe oxygen depletion occurs in infested water bodies causing native plants and animals to be eliminated. It has been shown to reduce the breeding success of protected great crested newts. The floating mats are dangerous as people and animals may mistake them for solid ground.

NZ pygmyweed features

Work will be carried out to help reduce the spread although it is very difficult to eradicate completely. This will involve removing as much of the pygmyweed as possible and covering the affected areas with matting.

To help stop the spread please keep dogs out of the water. They can pick up fragments on their coats and even the tiniest fragment is capable of regenerating.