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bodger

Another Cane Toad in the making ?

Japenese Knott Weed was introduced into the UK by the Victorians as an ornamental shrub, but since then it has progessively become a big problem in some areas. Once established, it becomes almost impossible to control or eradicate. This article tells us that we are about to introduce yet another species in an attempt to control it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8555378.stm

Right at the end of the article, a note of caution is sounded. What if this insect finds some of our native species more to its liking? IMO, it would be much safer for our environment if we mobilised some of the nearly 3 million unemployed people we have in the UK in a concerted effort to eradicate the knott weed by physical means rather than risking yet another environmental disaster by the introduction of yet another alien species to our shores.
We also have thousands of low risk category prisoners in our prisons, forget chain gangs, how about Knott Weed gangs?
 This idea will no doubt be the work of some chinless wonder who thinks he knows it all and can play God with nature. You can be certain that Australia wishes that it had never imported the Cane toad. When will we ever learn?
Bazzer

Even the Rivers and Ponds have plant problems.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8534567.stm
lizzie44

Hmmm my exact thoughts when I heard the article on the radio.  I cant imagine the little critter giving up when its scoffed all the Japanese knotweed, surely it will just change host plant. Love Lizzie. p.s my Oz rellies love a game of cane toad golf (ugh)!
bodger

Pictures Lizzie ! We want pictures
Diz

So this Insect only stunts the Knotweeds growth. So UK will have a shorter Knotweed problem in 10 years time. Will this not just add a slip, trips and fall hazard?  Wish they would just get on with the problem in hand and sort it out!!!!! Sigh
Slainte
Diz
bodger

A bit more info.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8555559.stm
Bazzer

Watched Countryfile during the night and saw for the first time that Ruddy Ducks are a pest and being very successfully snuffed out.
Erm why?
bodger

Because they are hybridising with the white faced duck.
I'd like to know how they've managed to spend 5 million on shooting a few thousand ducks though. If people weren't trying to make money out of the exercise, I'm sure that there'd be no shortage of volunteers who'd be prepared to shoot them for nothing.
Bazzer

Quote:
Because they are hybridising with the white faced duck.


Cheers mate. Now it makes sense.
Have to do a bit of Googling when I'm off.

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