Monday 16th October 2017: Alien Invaders

Wildlife Explorers welcomed a special guest to the October Indoor Meeting, Sal Potts from BEACON.

BEACON (Bollin Environmental Action and Conservation) is a group of people working towards controlling and eradicating invasive non-native species (INNS) within the Bollin catchment, which includes all the tributaries, meres, brooks and streams connected to the River Bollin such as the River Dean and Mobberley Brook.

The meeting started with Explorers designing an amazing array of feathers. Some chose feathers from real bird species, others used their imagination to create amazing, colourful designs.
Sal then talked about the work of BEACON. She explained what invasive non-native species are and the ways that they can be controlled.

Wildlife Explorers had fun completing puzzles and mazes on an invasive species theme. Older members of the group enjoyed the challenge of a task to sort a range of different species into native and non-native groups. Much harder than you think!

We were delighted that Sal was able to join us for our October meeting. We are hoping to arrange some practical training with Sal next year for Leaders, older Wildlife Explorers and Phoenix members.

BEACON works with a network of over 20 local partner organisations. Local Action Groups can be found all over the country, and are co-ordinated by the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (GB NNSS).

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