WISP Diary Dates

Operation WISPER

The Himalayan balsam pulling season is drawing to a close as management needs to be carried out before those seed pods start firing their seeds.

Watch this space for our 2022 dates and if your local community would like to add your balsam events to our website and tap into our social media channels please do get in touch with us at projects@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

Wye Valley AONB team, volunteers and SARA tackling Himalayan balsam in Brockweir (August 2021).

Deep in the jungle! Helping to stop balsam encroaching into the species rich meadows above (August 2021).

The crew of SARA hauling pulled Himalayan balsam up the riverbank (August 2021). Photo courtesy of SARA.

Operation WISPER 2021, Brockweir

We’re currently pulling together the stats for this event. We’ll post those soon, but by all accounts it was hugely successful.  

Aim: To join with the local community to bring Himalayan balsam under better control on the main River Wye in Brockweir, to stop it encroaching further into adjacent woodlands and fields. Also to raise awareness as to how easily balsam can be managed when a community comes together. Plus community INNS mapping and ground-truthing records. 

We met on four dates through August, with two balsam pulling sessions each day. The ‘WISP HQ’ for the four days was the Moravian Chapel School Room near the riverbank in Brockweir. INNS information, toilets, wash hand facilities and refreshments were available through the day here, plus maps for the community mapping exercise and landowner/resident consent (access and INNS control) forms. 

A massive THANK YOU to WISP supporters and funders!

We were supported by SARA (Severn Area Recue Assoc.) and a big thank you to Richard and the team for helping out with this work.

We would also like to thank the committee from the Moravian Chapel, Sue Groves and Mary Harris who hosted us.

And of course a very big thank you to Severn Trent who are helping to fund WISP (on the English side of the lower Wye Valley) through their Boost for Biodiversity fund.