Invasive Species Alert

This week is the RYA Invasive Species Week (click on the picture to the right for more details from the RYA Web Site). I’m afraid the much loved Rudyard Mollusc has been declared an invasive species. The RYA has kindly provided downloadable material and posters (shown below) to help with a new campaign to prevent the spread of this problematic invertebrate. Whist this means we will have to take extra precautions to keep things under control, it does at least mean it is no longer protected and some of the resons for speed limits being discussed last year at Rudyard no longer exist.

For further information on the original problems, take a look at the letter from the Canals and Rivers Trust below. New boat cleaning procedures will be introduced with effect from today.

How can I get involved?

If you’re inspired by the great work going on to prevent invasive non-native species from spreading and reduce the impacts of those which already have, why not get involved?

  • Help us stop the spread of invasive plants and animals in British waters – put up a Check, Clean, Dry sign to nudge fellow boaters into action
  • Share a photo of your sign on social media under #InvasivesWeek to promote your club!
  • Remind your club members that they may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing
  • Access the free online training to learn more about invasive non-native species, how to identify them, and how you can prevent them from spreading
  • Become a Check Clean Dry champion and contact The Green Blue for free materials you can share with other members of your Club to raise awareness

For more information, visit http://thegreenblue.org.uk/