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New book: Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain

23 March 2015

New book: Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain
Title: Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain
Date of publication: 12/3/15
Link: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/field-guide-to-invasive-plants-and-animals-in-britain-9781408123188/

Description from the publisher:

"The impact of invasive organisms is second only to habitat loss as a threat to biodiversity and yet, despite increasing ecological awareness, people remain largely unaware of these plants and animals and their potentially devastating impact. Although most biological introductions fail, many prove successful and these can prove disastrous for native fauna and flora.

This field guide will enable the identification of a range of invasive plants and animals now found in Britain. Though these species are of particular concern to conservationists there has previously been no unified guide devoted to their recognition. This book will act both as an ID guide, appealing to the amateur naturalist, and as an important tool for ecologists and land managers attempting to tackle the problem posed by invasive species."




Environment Agency unveils new rod licence images to promote legal fishing

02 March 2015

Environment Agency unveils new rod licence images to promote legal fishing
The Environment Agency today (Monday 2nd March) unveils its new design for this year’s rod licences.

Designed by renowned angling and wildlife artist, David Miller, the new rod licences go on sale today. The image on this year’s coarse fishing rod licence is a crucian carp (Carassius carassius) and the non-coarse is a salmon (Salmo salar).

Last year David’s artwork featured on a range of sustainable fish stamps for the Royal Mail.

Sarah Chare, head of fisheries at the Environment Agency, said:

“Rod licence income is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries for the benefit of anglers. We want more people to go fishing this year and everyone who does will need one of these licences.

“We’re delighted to see David’s stunning designs yet again which promote the beauty of our natural environment and encourage people to give fishing a go.”

David Miller, the artist who designed the rod licence, said:

“Designing this year’s rod licence combines two of my passions: fishing and art. The Environment Agency does a fantastic job and I’m proud to be supporting rod licence sales with my artwork.”

At £27 for coarse fishing and non-migratory trout, or £72 to also fish for salmon and sea trout, the annual licence is great value for money. There are flexible options to choose from too: a 1 or 8 day licence or the full season. There are also junior and concession options.

You can buy a rod licence online from the Post Office here, at your local Post Office or by phoning 0344 800 5386.

Buying a rod licence online from the Post Office website is easy, and saves both time and administration costs, meaning that more of the income can be spent on improving fish stocks and fishing. Always ensure that you buy direct from the Post Office because there are some unofficial websites which charge a handling fee.

Anyone fishing illegally is cheating other licence paying anglers, can expect to be prosecuted and face a substantial fine.

In 2013/ 2014 the Environment Agency checked 80,000 rod licences and prosecuted 2,795 anglers for fishing without a licence.


Infrastructure Bill receives Royal Assent - bringing species control agreements and orders to England and Wales

13 February 2015

Infrastructure Bill receives Royal Assent - bringing species control agreements and orders to England and Wales
The Infrastructure Act 2015 became law yesterday (12 February 2015). While the Act primarily relates to infrastructure and development, it also introduces much needed powers to control invasive non-native species in England and Wales. The measures provide government agencies in England and Wales with powers to enter into control agreements and, if necessary, control orders with landowners to ensure action can be taken against harmful species on their land. The measures follow similar provisions introduced in Scotland by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.

The full Act can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/7/contents/enacted/data.htm

For more information on these provisions, please contact Craig Lee in Defra at craig.lee@defra.gsi.gov.uk



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