In our final invasive plant webinar in this series, we examine the woody invasive plants Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) and Rhododendron.
Both species are significant invasive plants in the UK and Ireland, but often in quite different settings: while Butterfly bush causes significant impacts in the built environment (e.g. infrastructure), Rhododendron is more problematic in upland conservation areas. Despite differences in the environments in which they are commonly found, these species share a common growth strategy and remain popular ornamental species that are widely planted in the UK.
This webinar examines how the evidence underpinning the management of these plants is presently incomplete, leading to the application of ineffective and/or costly management methods and herbicides, ultimately resulting in control programme failure. Reviewing the academic and industry literature in the context of Advanced Invasives exclusive research, we suggest how practical, long term, management of woody invasive weeds can be better achieved at all scales, at lower environmental and economic cost.
Dr Daniel Jones
Managing Director | Advanced Invasives
Honorary Researcher | Swansea University
Dr Dan Jones is Managing Director of Advanced Invasives, a consultancy founded in 2016 to bring evidence-led thinking to the commercial management of invasive plants. Dan specialises in the detection, mapping and sustainable management of invasive plants and also holds the title of Honorary Researcher in the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University.