Optimum Time for Invasive Species Surveys

At this time of year, invasive plant species including Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam are well developed and easily identifiable from their foliage. It is the optimum time of year to complete invasive species surveys and herbicide treatment.

It is often important to ensure that invasive species surveys, treatment, removal and management is undertaken in a timely manner as many of the surveys are restricted to the summer period when the species are in leaf. In addition, pre-commencement invasive species surveys relating to construction or civil works may be required as a condition of planning, and management may require a licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS). If not planned and executed in advance, the requirement to carry out these works may well cause delays to the project timeline.

McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan (MKO) specialise in the identification, treatment, control, removal and management of Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and other invasive plant species. We regularly complete invasive species surveys in a range of different situations from pipeline routes to construction sites. We regularly obtain licences from the NPWS for the safe removal of invasive species from sites to an area of safe disposal. We also provide management plans to a range of clients and oversee invasive species management and removal in line with current best practice and relevant guidelines. In addition to the above, MKO provide an ongoing treatment and management service for invasive species.

MKO offer a complete invasive species service from the initial identification and survey to the treatment and disposal operations. This includes the development of management plans and the implementation of those plans including the site set up to avoid un-necessary disturbance, monitoring of construction operations, removal and herbicide treatment.

If you have any invasive species related queries, please do not hesitate to contact the MKO ecology team on 091 735611.


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