Initial site survey works have identified Japanese Knotweed (an invasive plant species) at a number of locations within the study area. Japanese Knotweed is one of the most problematic invasive alien species. It has a serious impact on biological diversity, human activity and has a considerable capacity to invade new environments. It is widely distributed across Ireland.
If you encounter Japanese Knotweed, it is important to prevent the further spread of the species. Do not strim, cut, flail or chip the plants as tiny fragments can regenerate new plants and make the problem even more difficult to manage. It is also advised not to dig, move or dump soil which may contain plant material as this may contribute to its spread.