Action: Water primrose: Excavation of banks
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- No evidence was captured on the effects of excavation of banks using a sod-cutter or ‘turf-cutter’ to remove water primrose.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Excavation of banks using a sod-cutter or ‘turf-cutter’ is a potential mechanism for removing invasive aquatic plants. A study reported a partially successful attempt to eradicate a different species, swamp stonecrop Crassula helmsii, using a sod cutter to excavate the plants from the banks (Clarke 2009).
Clarke S. (2009) A summary of three different approaches to the treatment of non-native invasive species Crassula helmsii at protected sites. Abstracts and Proceedings of the 41st Robson Meeting, 17-18 February 2009, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK, 14-17.