Big Dee Day - The Invasion 2014

Following on from the success of 2013, The Big Dee Day – The Invasion 2014 launched in the last week of June at Ty Mawr Country Park.

This year we kicked off with a lunch buffet and talks and displays from local INNS projects.  Local volunteers, conservation organisations, charities, businesses and council dignitaries came along to hear about the success of 2013 and how organisers had built on this and created a wider range of activities for 2014.

After the speeches and  a short video of 2013’s event we took to the river bank to see some demonstrations on some of the other INNS control work that is going on in the Dee catchment.  This was led by the Welsh Dee Trust who showed us techniques used to control Japanese knotweed on the river banks.   

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In addition to the quick demonstrations during the launch event there was a full day of demonstrations during the public launch at Ty Mawr Country Park on Saturday 28th.  These involved demonstrating different methods of Himalayan balsam control including: hand pulling, scything, strimming and flail mowing.  There were also volunteers from the Welsh Dee Trust on hand to demonstrate techniques for Japanese knotweed control including stem injection and knapsack spraying. 

flail mowing demo

brushcutting demo

The major difference from 2013 was that this years activities were held throughout the whole month of July instead of focusing on the one weekend.  Thanks to this there were 21 public events including the ‘balsam bashes' and Chinese mitten crab surveying.  The locations of these activities ranged from Bala right down towards Chester in the estuary.  In addition to these several angling clubs enlisted their members to tackle balsam during their regular summer work days and corporate volunteers joined conservation bodies to tackle balsam at different locations.  Have a look at the 2014 report for more information here.   

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