Help! My house has been invaded

At the back end of September 2011 we started to get the odd ladybird in the front room of our house climbing the curtains or across the light shade. From the outset I knew that this wasn’t one of our native species and was more likely to be the Harmonia axyridis (Harlequin Ladybird) which I

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1-800 Herbicide

We take invasive weeds seriously. We also take the law seriously. While we’re glad that there are some provisions in place for the regulation and control of herbicides – as well as who can use them and where – we think that there should be tighter controls on what is fast becoming an industry at

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Chairman’s summary of the year

Being the old fart that I am, I occasionally like to look back on previous years and reminisce. So, what have been the highlights of 2012? Well, I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is my trip to the USA. Flying to New York, staying in New York, first time in America –

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Speculate to accumulate

Over the last few months, our survey teams have been extremely busy surveying a range of land banks for large developers and house builders to record any invasive weeds. These proactive clients are ensuring that their biggest assets are well-protected and there are no nasty surprises when they come to develop in future years. The

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Europe What’s it worth?

Europe, eh? What’s it good for? Apart from Greece having given us the basis of modern philosophy and democracy… and the innumerable advances the Romans brought us… and long-lasting beer (or “lager”), developed by the Germans… and quality wine… and the basis of modern fine dining, as pioneered by the French (especially Escoffier)… and inventions

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Infographic

Invasive plant controllers Japanese Knotweed Solutions Ltd have put out an infographic showing the “World’s Most Invasive Invaders”. The infographic features a number of familiar faces including the Nazis and the Roman Empire, but it also includes some unexpected “invaders”, not least of all the Beatles (yep, the 60s beat combo!). Th infographic also looks

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Birds, bees and aquatic life threatened by gross underestimate of toxicity of World’s most widely used pesticide

American Bird Conservancy calls for ban on neonicotinoids March 2013. As part of a study on impacts from the world’s most widely used class of insecticides, nicotine-like chemicals called neonicotinoids, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called for a ban on their use as seed treatments and for the suspension of all applications pending an independent

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The City’s other weed problem

Retired Chicago teacher and environmentalist Kathy Cummings moved into her West Town three-flat in 1999, and began transforming the postage-stamp front yard into the kind of natural landscape she knows is best for the world. She tore up a privet hedge and some spotty grass, replacing them with wild ginger, sea oats, ferns, violets, sunflowers,

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UK bans sale of five invasive non-native species

Floating pennywort, one of the species to be banned, can grow up to 20cm (8in) per day Five species of invasive non-native aquatic plants are to be banned from sale, the UK government has announced. In the first ban of its kind, officials hope the move will save money and help protect vulnerable habitats. Environment

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The naturalists who are terrified of nature

I’m writing this on the train home, after visiting two places in the north of England celebrated for their “wildness”. One of them is Ennerdale in the Lake District, now officially known as Wild Ennerdale, a valley in which the river has been allowed to move freely once more, and in which native trees are

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