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River Clean-up Event - Sunday 31st May

New River Clean-up date

Date: Sunday 31st  May
Time: 10.15 for a 10.30 start
Where: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge

If we are unlucky with the weather and the river is too deep to work we may go in for some Himalayan balsam bashing. 415 more words

News

Hobby Display Team

A quick look out of the Tern hide first thing revealed that yesterday’s avocet was still present as were 2 greenshank and 2 dunlin. But as I was busy elsewhere today I could not linger, hopefully they would still be there at lunchtime. 516 more words

Invasive Plants caused muddled thinking

The BBC picked up a story about “invasive plants” yesterday, but didn’t do a very good job of conveying its messages.

The paper just published in… 1,014 more words

Beavers

The Exotic Seed Company

As part of my upcoming exhibition at Scottish Natural Heritage, BattIeby, I had the idea of creating “fake”seed packets of highly invasive and prohibited plants, which was based on the fact that in the past these seeds and plants were distributed in the US and Europe, long before it was realised what a devastating effect these aliens could have on our environment.   638 more words

Alex Kershaw

The Exotic Seed Company

I discussed my idea of creating “fake”seed packets with Caroline, and she encouraged me to pursue this further.  I wanted to create packets of seeds of highly invasive and prohibited plants, which was based on the fact that in the past these seeds and plants were distributed in the US and Europe, long before it was realised what a devastating effect these aliens could have on our environment. 582 more words

Testing Boundaries

Weed biocontrol projects update

Defra is funding CABI to investigate the biological control of invasive, non-native aquatic and riverside weeds. This could help protect habitats where chemical and mechanical control are impractical or prohibitively expensive; and to help meet requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive. 7 more words

Himalayan Balsam

A Keen Gardener in Want of a Plot

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a keen gardener, living in a city, must be in want of an allotment plot. And so after several years transplanted from rural Ireland to Newcastle upon Tyne, and planting in pots in the backyard, we decided to finally put our name on the allotment waiting list. 313 more words

Allotment