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VOLUNTEER CALL OVER INVASION THREAT TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Natural Enterprise is calling for volunteers to come forward to join a band of heroes tackling Himalayan Balsam along the Island’s water courses this Summer.

Seb Tayor, the charity’s Invasive Species Officer, is highlighting the issue of the invasion threat to the Isle of Wight this Invasive Species Week – an annual national event to raise awareness of the impacts of invasive non-native species and the simple things that everyone can do to prevent their spread.

The Isle of Wight is said to be very lucky. There are no mink here that have contributed to the collapse of the water vole population across England, and Giant Hogweed rarely pops up. However, Japanese Knotweed is commonplace as are Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron and Bamboo.

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To keep the situation under control, volunteers will be pulling Himalayan Balsam from the Island’s water courses in the coming months. This is a unique opportunity to see part of the Island not normally visited – and to experience its wonderful wildlife.

Another threat to the Island’s ecosystem is the Asian Hornet. The Isle of Wight Beekeepers keep watch for these unwelcome invaders who are highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, and can cause significant losses to bee colonies.

Anyone wanting more information on how to volunteer can contact Seb Taylor by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01983 296244.

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28 days ago

Another threat to the Island’s ecosystem and probably the biggest threat is the Isle of Wight Council

bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder
28 days ago

What more illegal boat scum…..

Edward
Edward
Reply to  bobthebuilder
27 days ago

That’s not a nice thing to say. Could you change your name to cash in hand bob?. I want more economic migrants who are builders, cheaper, do a better job and always turn up for work.

Jim Boon
Jim Boon
Reply to  bobthebuilder
26 days ago

Plenty of them walking the streets of Newport they also get a house while other people who have been waiting for a house go down to bottom of house waiting list.

Oven Ready Doris
Oven Ready Doris
Reply to  Jim Boon
24 days ago

Tip of the day.

Walk into County Hall with a Dinghy on your back
You will be put up in a 5 star ☆☆☆☆☆ Hotel and be given
priority on the housing ladder.

If WW3 starts they will soon want British born citizens
to fight for the country, my advice to them is shove it.

We know how they treat British born citizens.

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
28 days ago

Got me worried when I first started reading this, thought it meant the other invation threat

Windy.builder
Windy.builder
Reply to  Gaz B.Sc.
28 days ago

Currents in the water cause that sort of invasive species to ruin all the lives, it and it seed eventually settle near.

Once here, it will never leave, and whilst a valiant effort by all those who are wise enough to see the terrible damage and the loss of other British indigenous outnumbered by the rapid spread, I wish them well, but only full destruction will end the ever growing problem and that is too late now. We can only hope for a disease which will wipe out such as most is out of reach and too numerous for us to cope with now.

Edward
Edward
Reply to  Gaz B.Sc.
27 days ago

Yeah me too, more British expats coming back!!!!.

Bruce Roberts
Bruce Roberts
24 days ago

Invasion , Wealthy second home owners or cuddly illegals from France ?

 

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