Saturday, 4 June 2011

Stirling council misleading and damaging habitats?

You never know when an advertised example of ragwort control may be necessary. It some times is, but there are times then it is advertised and you read things and you know clearly that the people doing it should not be saying what they say.

This is the case in this example with Stirling Council who advertise a work party for the public with these words.

Doune Action Day

Ragwort flowers and Himalayan Balsam can be great for wildlife but are very invasive. Help the Rangers to pull up the plants before they seed.

If enough volunteers sign up there's plenty more work to be done.

Booking essential.

As ever the problem centres around the word "invasive" to an ecologist this is a problem non-native plant. Himalayan Balsam fits clearly in that category
Ragwort does not. It is a native plant.

It is quite likely, because other councils have done this, that the council actually thinks that ragwort, which is a valuable plant for biodiversity, isn't native either. They are certainly misleading the public on this and encouraging habitat loss by making other people think ragwort is "invasive", the word used for a foreign plant.
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