New Zealand Flatworm

It has been advised that New Zealand Flatworms have been found on the allotment. Please find information regarding invasive flatworms below. This has been taken from the RHS website:

  • New Zealand flatworm and Australian flatworm: they have been established in Britain for more than 40 years and are causing concern as they feed exclusively on earthworms. In some parts of Britain and Ireland they have reduced the earthworm population to very low levels, with consequent adverse effects on soil quality and the native animals that also prey on earthworms. The New Zealand flatworm is mainly found in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England while Australian flatworm is most frequent in south west England

ACTION: Gardeners who have either species of flatworms should avoid moving soil, compost or rooted plants from their gardens to other areas that are currently free of flatworms.

Additional information can be found on the Open Air Laboratories website – as they are hosting a survey on their distribution.

https://www.opalexplorenature.org/nzflatworm

The advice sheet is also attached:

New Zealand Flatworm Advice Sheet

 

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