Monday, 22 March 2010

If You Go Down in the Woods Today

There is an initiative to co opt the general public into recording a range of alien species in the UK countryside (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/22/bioblitz-campaign-record-britain-wildlife). The six species that are the focus are American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus); Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis); Muntjac deer (Muntiacus reevesi); Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima); Water primrose (Ludwigia peploides) and the Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Some cause actual problems whereas others are mainly characterised by a bad smell. The idea is that the amateurs would report the occurrences and experts would check the claims before mapping the items. The proposal seems useful on both a surveying level and in enthusing a new generation about the world around them. One wonders why the initial focus is on these six.

1 comment:

Caroline Gill said...

Love the ducklings on the banner.

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