The Impact of Invasive Alien Species

Packages of unknown seeds which were sent from China to America have caused a bit of a stir recently. Despite the warning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on not to open them, let alone to germinate them, some receivers did quite the contrary. In the end, it was an elaborate scheme to boost sales by getting false reviews. Warnings were given because the USDA has valid reasons mainly to protect the US crops and environment. Plant movement, whether natural, un-intentional or intentional has various effects. Firstly, the spread of pests and diseases, secondly, recent concern of the spread of invasive…

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Helping Nocturnal Pollinators

Pollinators are extremely important for everyone and everything on this planet. We think about bees and butterflies when we garden, but do we think about the nocturnal pollinators? You might think of the moth simply bobbing around streetlights whilst we go to sleep, but it is quite the contrary. They work hard through the night pollinating (also they are a very important food source for many other animals, such as bats). There are more than 2,500 moth species in Britain and Ireland, below you see six of these, all very different shapes and colours. Autumn Webworm (Hyphantria cunea) Twenty – plume…

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