Well I was a bit slow on the uptake here. I wondered why the Capsicums leaves were distorting, why the cucumbers plants were not growing well. Well its the thousands of greenfly. Bugger! Never seen a single one before, so where did they come from???
Haven't dome anything about this yet largely as I'm not sure what to do. I can't see much option but to brush them off or spray them with soap. No doubt many will die. Does it affect my view of being vegan, ahimsa, and Jain principles, well yes and no. If I chose to eat then I either only eat what they don't want or I kill them rather than have someone else do it via commercially. Maybe its a choice of food, or rather that where there is a choice avoid the killing.
Have designed to curtail the weed this year, in five defined areas.
- Site 1: The 'Far Field boundary' between the higher and lower parts that in roughly defined by the lower field's eastern drainage channel.
- Site 2: The areas A to H that are being cleared of Giant Hogweed
- Site 3: The top and just 'East of Bund' to the boat, to stop spread to marsh to the west.
- Site 4: 'West of Bund' west of the bund, some 20metres wide, that has for years been cleared.
- Site 5: The new extended growth covering an acre in the East of the Marsh, just west of the above.
3rd June 12:08
Have just sent Hugh Tyler of Natural England and email linking to and containing the map and details, which are now on the ELF website.
What could be done is all the rest of the marsh to ensure it is not spreading
What isn't being done is the mass on the lower fields north of the boat including the bunds adjacent the river.
Two were removed from Site A on 18th May. Lost exact details of those removed from Site EoB
Each year it is notable how much soil is lost to the river largely from the copse. The bund has all but gone for some 100metres and soil is washed out.
In some areas as much as 10 metres in land have all but gone.
I will contact the Environment Agency to establish a boundary as of a map, via GPS data now and contact the harbour master about navigation rights or see law. Both