Himalayan Balsam is a very invasive plant species that creates untold damage to UK Rivers and in our case the River Wear beats.

It is relatively easy to remove but needs massive effort for any one individual with the amount we have got.

If every angler took 10 minutes each visit removing a patch by hand we could make good inroads to getting rid of it.  Now is a good time to try and remove as much Himalayan Balsam as we can before the seeds start to develop.

I have included a link to a video made by a lady from the North Wales River Trust that shows you how to do it.  Gloves are recommended as the only plant that seems to thrive around the Balsam are Nettles!