Check your clothes and shoes after walking near a reservoir and remove any seeds or fragments of plants before you leave. If a site has boot cleaning stations, carefully clean your footwear’s tread
If you take part in sailing, fishing, or any other water-based activity, you should:
check your equipment and clothing for plant fragments – particularly anything that is damp or hard to inspect
clean and wash all equipment and waders thoroughly, using hot water where possible
dry your equipment completely before using it again.
What we’re doing to control the spread of INNS
Biosecurity implementation at reservoirs We are installing wash-down facilities so that sailing clubs can wash their boats and new dip tanks for anglers. We will also provide new boot scrub stations and signage, while also performing annual surveys to monitor INNS.
Partnership working We are funding a Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) biological control trial, which involves infecting New Zealand pigmyweed to restrict its growth. These trials are underway at Blashford Lakes.
Contributing to a national campaign We’re involved in a partnership formed between the government, environmental organisations, and other water companies to help reduce the threat of INNS and improve aquatic biosecurity. This partnership is led by the Animal and Plant Health Agency.