Invasive species cause serious problems to utility providers, landowners and others. These include costly delays to projects and developments. RSK Habitat Management has a wealth of experience in addressing, avoiding and eliminating issues caused by invasive species.
Plant species are generally listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Accordingly, it is a legal requirement to control those that appear on the list. The Infrastructure Act 2015 gives the relevant environmental authorities in England and Wales the power to issue species control orders. The orders make it possible to compel landowners or occupiers to carry out control or eradication operations.
RSK is a consultant member of the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA), the UK’s leading non-native species association. Through INNSA, we work to a set of technical standards and best-practice guidance. Frequent on-site species include Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed.
RSK Habitat Management’s unique approach enables its clients to benefit from extensive research, crop consultancy and contracting expertise. We provide our clients with a bespoke solution, thus ensuring that we fully understand their aims, requirements and associated budgetary constraints. We can also offer an insurance-backed guarantee for all our work.
From an initial enquiry, we provide expert advice and consultation with a suitably experienced invasive species specialist. We conduct detailed site surveys to map and identify any invasive on-site species along with any associated site constraints. Following this, we will provide insurance-backed remediation strategies that outline our findings, recommendations and costed proposals for further treatment work.
When working on-site, we can provide an experienced invasive species clerk of works who will help to ensure that work is done following relevant legislation and best practice. Our teams carry out herbicide treatment using a combination of knapsack, ATV and tractor-mounted sprayers along with stem injection of Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and rhododendron.
Our mobile teams also carry out and implement on-site treatment work, including excavation and bunding, screeding and burial with inert cover. We also excavate and bury material in a heat-welded cell or transport the material to a licensed waste disposal facility. In addition to the plants more commonly found on-site, we control and treat aquatic invasive species such as New Zealand pigmyweed, floating pennywort, parrots feather and water primrose.
RSK Group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.