CATCA…working in partnership with Falkirk Invasive Species Forum
Scottish Agricultural College Students Coursework on Invasive Species at River Carron, Autumn 2012
Presentations at the October 2012 ALIENS AMONG US! Invasive Species Awareness Training Day
Some of the presentations given at the October 2012 ALIENS AMONG US! Invasive Species Awareness Training Day, held in Grangemouth Town Hall and sponsored by CATCA in partnership with Falkirk Invasive Species Forum (FISF), funded by FET and FC Development Services…
River South Esk – A Catchment Wide Solution
Andrew Vaughan, UPM Tilhill
SEPA Presentation on Invasive Species October 2011
Opening Address by Falkirk Council Chief Executive October 2011
ALIENS AMONG US: FREE
Invasive Species Awareness Training Day
Sponsored by Falkirk Invasive Species Forum and CATCA
Funded by Falkirk Environment Trust and Falkirk Council Development Services
12th October Grangemouth Town Hall
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ALIENS AMONG US! Invasive Species Awareness Training Day 12th October in Grangemouth!
PLEASE GET OUR YOUR DIARIES AND MAKE A NOTE – 12TH OCTOBER!
In the spring of 2011, a new group formed, the Falkirk Invasive Species Forum (FISF), which was set up to help progress action to control invasive non-native species across the Falkirk Council area. Its members include interested community groups, landowners, businesses, environmental agencies, statutory bodies and Falkirk Council.
FISF’s first free public education event is to be held from 9.45am to 4.30pm at the Grangemouth Town Hall on Wednesday 12th October, entitled “Aliens Among Us! Invasive Species Awareness Training Day”.
The purpose of the event is to provide some free teaching seminars to educate those who deal with or may encounter invasive non-native species in the course of their work in the Falkirk area, with a particular focus on the invasive species Japanese Knotweed. We will be inviting professionals from the construction industry, utilities, land management, university and agricultural college students, employees and managers from Falkirk Council services and the like. The topics will include the latest legislation on invasive species.
The Falkirk Invasive Species Forum and Communities Along the Carron Association (CATCA) would like to invite you to attend this event.
There will be several classroom presentations, information stalls, a lunch buffet and great opportunities to network.
We are in process now of finalising our speaker times and topics and setting up our on-line registration process. Within the next two weeks we will circulate and publicise more details, including an email poster to circulate to your cohorts, and advance registration information for the classes. Meanwhile, feel free to contact us to tentatively reserve your space, and forward us any email addresses for those you feel would be interested in an invitation to this FREE DAY OF INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS TRAINING. Class registrations will be based on limited numbers, on a first come first served basis.
Michelle McCallum & Christine Bell
C&M Community Consultants LLP
for Falkirk Invasive Species Forum and Communities Along the Carron Association
This event is being funded by Falkirk Environment Trust and Falkirk Council Development Services.
Control of Invasive Plant Species along the Carron Corridor
CATCA JOINS FALKIRK INVASIVE SPECIES FORUM
On 18th November 2010 a team of agency, group, Falkirk and Stirling Council representatives met to determine where to go, to tackle the issue of invasive species in Falkirk and on the River Carron. The group included SEPA, SNH, RFFT, RCFMG, FC Outdoor Access, FC Biodiversity, FD Development Services, FET, CGI, SAPA, C&SET and CATCA.
As a result, the Falkirk Invasive Species Forum was formed and has been active now for 8 months and is organising public education projects (a forum will be held in October 2011), seeking funding for pilot projects to tackle knotweed, and working on leaflets to help get the news out about Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam.
For more information, see the Spring 2011 issue of New Leaf News at www.cgiscotland.org on the Invasive Species page. Or contact Michelle McCallum at email@example.com
JAPANESE KNOTWEED EDUCATION DAY TO BE HELD
The Falkirk Invasive Species Forum, in partnership with CATCA, is sponsoring an education day on Japanese Knotweed on 12th October in the Grangemouth Town Hall. The event will focus on presentations and sessions for builders, contractors, council services and other professionals who come across Japanese Knotweed in the course of their work, to bring them up to the current codes and information and proper handling of the invasive species. The reasoning behind this event is that the Forum is also seeking funding to begin treatment of the species along the River Carron and, unless the further spread of the species -- which is often due to inadvertent human behaviour -- is halted, the efforts will be futile.
The event will be funded by Falkirk Environment Trust and Falkirk Council Development Services/Biodiversity Services and is being organised by C&M Community Consultants LLP and CATCA volunteers. For further information, contact C&MCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALIENS AMONG US!
Local primary schools in Denny/Dunipace have been researching the presence of Japanese Knotweed along the River Carron. Their research, working with two community groups (Community Green Initiative and CATCA), has resulted in a brochure to be distributed this summer in the Falkirk area, particularly Denny and Dunipace, entitled Aliens Among Us. The schools involved in this project are Denny PS, Dunipace PS and St Patrick's RC PS.
Additionally, a CATCA project was developed at the request of Larbert Village School who asked CATCA for help to devise river-related projects for their curriculum. The Larbert Village School presented a DVD as a result of their research project and several panels of research and artwork at the CATCA AGM in May 2011. Their research will be on-going and includes a virtual River Carron boat tour in the classroom.