Tag Archives: mollusc

Stowaways in potted plants

Potted plants can seem so benign. Beautiful, fascinating, good to grow and give, but they may carry invasive species which are not benign. Tom Bawden at The Independent tells us about invasive species reaching Europe, including the New Guinea flatworm … Continue reading

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A new invader to eat rice plants?

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for Britain doesn’t list apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata) as invasive species, but perhaps it should. Apple snails are aquatic. They spread when there’s flooding, when they cling onto larger animals or onto … Continue reading

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New Marine Conservation Zones around England

New Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) will soon be created in English seas to protect coral reefs and other marine life. Yesterday Auntie Beeb told us that there are to be 27 new MCZs. ‘Announcing the 27 new zones, marine environment … Continue reading

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Tree of the month: Alder

The moon was full last night. So according to my favourite version of the Ogham ‘tree calendar’, we’re now halfway through the Month of the Alder. You might choose to follow my ‘ogham’ tag for other posts in this series. … Continue reading

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Pests and wildlife in the year that was

Lewis at Woodlands.co.uk tells us how 2012 – a rather wet year was a good one for slugs in Britain, especially the Spanish stealth slug (Arion flagellu) which I mentioned in July. A good year for slugs is bad news … Continue reading

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Acidity threatens ocean’s food chain

Lina Hansson at the European Project on OCean Acidification (EPOCA) tells us about recent science by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and other institutions. Those scientists’ findings are about tiny snails called sea butterflies. The findings illustrate how increased carbon … Continue reading

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Sustainable oceans?

Can oceans be managed sustainably? I’ve written here about the importance of managing fish stocks and about the challenge of ocean acidification. I’ve written about the potential of aquaculture. Maybe we don’t have to give up fishing the oceans. Eivind … Continue reading

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