Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Beating the Invader


Back in January I showed you a shimmery image taken at dusk, of  the  burning rhododendrons that were  being cleared from the moor.

 can you tell what it is yet-1 

We went to take a closer look, in the clear light of Spring the scale of the job,of ridding the moor of this invasive species was bigger than I imagined from afar

clearing the moor-1

The job is not over yet (well I hope it isn’t it is a bit of a mess up there) and even where they had  supposedly been cleared tenacious rhododendrons are clinging to life amongst the debris.

clearing the moor 2-1

Last year the foreground in this shoot would have been filled with rhododendrons

clearing the moor 4-1

It is when you see them in isolation, as here, they look so alien,

clearing the moor 5-1

like it has been beamed in from another land (if not world) you can just tell as a species they are ‘not local’ I’ve a busy day tomorrow, where I can expect the unexpected; however Spud the dog will be back in action on Sunday, that is a promise.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Beating the Invader

  1. Fascinating first picture and you can barely see the smoke…
    Honestly, how can you tell an invasive plant species? It looks like its simply in bloom… Anyway, those are just my two cents.

  2. My advice is to find something native that likes to snack on rhododendrons, or can be persuaded to do so if it is hungry. We will eat our way out of these problems.

  3. While it certainly looks prettier in bloom, if it’s invasive, it’s got to go! Maybe Spud could dig up the remaining rhododendrons!

  4. I had no idea that rhodies where invasive anywhere… I can barely get them to grow! I enjoyed your story and learned something new for today! 🙂

  5. We have the same trouble with mesquite here. However, since mesquite wood is excellent fuel for BBQ, the ranchers can bull doze it into a pile and have someone pay them to be allowed to haul it off.

  6. Not local. Reminds me of The League of Gentlemen. lol!

  7. I too have been trying to beat the invader, but in this case it is Himalayan Balsam rather than rhododenrons. Our local park is over-run with the stuff and this is the best time of year to pull it out: while the ground is damp and the new plants are not too big. I was pleased to find, this spring, that all the places I had ‘adopted’ last autumn were still free of the stuff, so all my hard work had been worth it. I have now extended my efforts to other areas, and to be honest, I’m getting a bit obsessive about it. When I close my eyes I can still see balsam leaves for hours after I have left the park and settled down to the work I should be doing. The thing is, it’s much easier and less frustrating doing this than trying to actually grow things!

  8. Invasive plants and animals can course much trouble – also here. I have read about rhododenrons beeing invasive in GB – but never over here in Denmark (yet!). So I still love and enjoy them in the garden.

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