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Invasive Species found in BHP

Beacon Hill Park is  home to several invasive plant species that threaten the park's ecological integrity and biodiversity.

One of the most notable invasive species in Beacon Hill Park is English ivy (Hedera helix), a woody vine that can climb and smother trees and shrubs, leading to their decline or death. Other invasive plant species found in the park include Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), and yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus).

These invasive species can negatively impact the park's native plant and animal communities, disrupt ecosystem functions, and increase the risk of wildfires. Efforts to manage invasive species in Beacon Hill Park include manual removal, herbicide application, and community education and outreach.

The City of Victoria, in partnership with local community groups and volunteers, has implemented several initiatives to control invasive species and restore native plant communities in the park. These initiatives include regular invasive species removal events, habitat restoration projects, and ongoing monitoring and management efforts.

Managing invasive species in Beacon Hill Park is an ongoing challenge, but the City of Victoria and its partners remain committed to protecting and preserving this important urban green space for future generations.

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