Posted: Tue 18th Mar 2014

Free Biosecurity and Invasive Species Workshop

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 18th, 2014

Wildlife-enthusiasts, outdoor-lovers and countryside managers are invited to attend a free workshop to learn about invasive non-native species and the practical steps we can all take to stop their spread.

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Invasive non-native species are plants and animals brought to this country accidentally or intentionally from other parts of the world and have a detrimental impact on our environment, economy, native wildlife and even human health. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Some examples in the UK are Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and American mink. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The workshop will also have a focus on tree health, including emerging pests and diseases such as Ash dieback. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Biosecurity means taking steps to reduce the spread of invasive non-native species,pests and diseases. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The basic principles include good hygiene practices to prevent problem species and diseases from being transferred to new sites. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

According to Cllr Carolyn Thomas, Flintshire’s Biodiversity Champion, ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“All users of the countryside need to be aware of invasive non-native species and how to reduce their spread to minimise the problems they cause. This is why North East Wales Biodiversity Network are holding this event and raising awareness of these issues. We hope that people from across the area will attend and listen to the important message being delivered.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Invasive Species and Biosecurity Workshop is being organised by Flintshire and Denbighshire County Councils, with support from North Wales Wildlife Trust and Natural Resources Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is funded by the Welsh Government through its Local Environmental Quality grant scheme. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The workshop will take place at Treuddyn Village Hall in the morning of Monday 31 March. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is free to all, including lunch and a Biosecurity Kit to take home; however, booking is essential as places are limited. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To secure your place you should contact Alex Peters at Denbighshire Countryside Service (modap.countryside&leisure@denbighshire.gov.uk / 01824 708211).  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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