Controlling Himalayan balsam invasion in Ancient Woodlands
Ancient woodlands are unique habitats under threat from a variety of anthropogenic impacts, including invasive species. The aim of this project is to assess efficacy of various management techniques on Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) invasion in ancient woodlands. Research output will feed into management strategies and policies to tackle ancient woodland invasions.
This work is lead by PhD student Lizzie Keen, in partnership with The Woodland Trust and is based in North East England, UK. This collaboration also aims to establish a long-term monitoring project, encouraging BSc, MSc and MRes students to assess the ecological impacts of invasion over time.
Impact of invasive riparian plants on riverbank erosion
The aim of this project is to assess the impact of invasive riparian plants on riverbank erosion along rivers in the UK. This work will also assess the loss and movement of sediment along invaded rivers, and whether sediment drapes along the bank act as hotspots of invasive plant colonisation.
This work is lead by PhD student James Hardwick and is based in Scotland and England.