MVCP works hard to protect our local native wildlife, environment, infastructure and economy from Invasive Non Native Plants and this work includes essential biosecurity practises.
Although MVCP obviously work in the field, biosecurity is something we all need to play a part in whether you are a boat owner, angler or simply enjoy walking your dog in the local park.
Biosecurity means the practise of good hygiene in order to stop the spread of invasive plants, animals and diseases as it is not just INNS which can get spread from place to place on footwear or wet fishing equipment, it's also harmful viruses too such as ranavirus which is affecting native amphibians.
The campaign which highlights the principles and instructions for biosecurity is the Check, Clean, Dry campaign from the Non Native Species Secretariat.
1) Check all equipment and footwear such as waders, boats, boots, nets etc for organisms and plant matter
2) Thoroughly clean the item, ideally in hot water if you can.
3) Make sure the item is totally dry before next use. Many freshwater INNS can live for many days out of water in damp conditions.
For more information see the poster below.
In addition, it's now the risk of Ash Dieback which we also have to think about re' Biosecurity. It seems that the spread of Ash Dieback across our county of Kent is inevitable, but good biosecurity will hopefully slow its march. Slowing the speed of the spread will (possibly) help wildlife adapt and help us identify natural resistance, it will also help enourmously with regards to the potential economic cost of dealing with dead Ash trees.
For more information about biosecurity for Ash Dieback please download the document below (© KCC).
For more specific information about biosecurity for certain user groups, please see the videos below © GBNNSS
In addition - Be Plant Wise and Compost with Care, don't share plants (especially pond plants) with friends and neighbours. Don't move frogspawn from place to place etc.
For more information on this element please see the Be Plant Wise pages on the Non Native Species Secretariat website (link below).
Please help us protect the local wildlife and countryside by following these basic biosecurity principles.
For more information please visit the Non Native Species Secretariat: www.nonnativespecies.org
Alternatively please contact MVCP for more information and advice.