On the 22nd March, we were very fortunate to be able to offer a select number of volunteers the opportunity to gets hands-on with some marine invasive species and pick up some key identification tips, courtesy of Dr John Bishop and Chris Wood of the Bishop Group (http://www.mba.ac.uk/fellows/bishop-group-associate-fellow) based here at the MBA. 

 

 

After a highly informative talk by Dr Bishop about invasive species in the UK, volunteers were split into groups and got the opportunity to learn about a whole host of non-native and invasive species, both live and preserved, in comparison to native UK species. 

 

The evening was fantastic fun and of course highly educational; we were delighted to see everyone so enthusiastic to further their understanding of invasive species and of course eager to help us search for Marine Invaders on UK coastlines!

 

 

Images above show a Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis) and various algae and chromist species including Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida), Devil's Tongue Weed (Grateloupia turuturu), Japanese Wireweed (Sargassum muticum) and Harpoon Weed (Asparagopsis armata). 

 

 

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As today is the official start of GBNNSS's 'Invasive Species Week' which runs from 23rd-29th March 2018, #CoCoastSW are excited to have a number of upcoming events that everyone is welcome to attend and #getINNSvolved, whether you are registered with CoCoast or not:

  • Wednesday 28th March – Marine Invaders Species Open Evening, MBA Plymouth (Open Event – click here)
  • Thursday 29th March – Marine Invaders Species Search, Tinside Plymouth (Open Event – click here)
  • Friday 30th March – Marine Invaders Species Search with the Three Bays Wildlife Group at Portholland, nr St. Austell (Volunteer-led; registered CoCoast volunteers only – click here)
  • Saturday 31st March – Marine Invaders Species Search, Meadfoot Torbay (Open Event – click here)

For more information about these events, please click the links above or contact the CoCoast Southwest team at: cocoast@mba.ac.uk.

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If you don't live in the Southwest and would like more information on marine invasive species events in your area, check out our previous blog post (click here) to see what's happening in your region.