Friday, 17 February 2012

Invasive species

I've had a communication from Charlotte Owen of the Environment Agency and Geoff Hobbs (Bridgend Ecologist) regarding invasive species in the Ewenny catchment. They would like GBC members to keep an eye out for species that are invading our waterways. The Bridgend Biodiversity Partnership is attempting to map species such as Floating Pennywort, American Skunk Cabbage, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam. Go to : https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/home/index.cfm There are id sheets available for a lot of invasive species found on this website - look under the "Quick Links" box on the left hand side of the home page and click on 'id sheets' from there, and select the species in which you are interested. Further information on invasive species their effects and how individuals can help to prevent their spread can be found at the check-clean-dry stop the spread campaign: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/Thewiderenvironment/Protectingwildlife/DG_196114
If you come across any invasives in the Ewenny catchment, please contact Geoff Hobbs on 01656 643196 geoffrey.hobbs@bridgend.gov.uk

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