INVAS Biosecurity at the Dublin City Council Rose Festival

Written by Tom Donovan

July 20, 2016

INVAS Biosecurity would like to thank Dublin City Council for inviting us along to the Rose Festival and Niamh Ni Cholmain for her help on the 16th and 17th July. The event was a credit to all those involved and everything was helped along by the fine weather.

A keen interest in invasive species was shown by those attending from the general public. Information was available from the INVAS Biosecurity  stand on several high profile invaders. Live displays and artificial models of Himalayan balsam, Giant Hogweed and our least favorite Japanese knotweed, but to name a few were on display. We also had several aquatic alien invaders such as Crassula helmsii, Elodea nutallii and Lagarosiphon major.

There was great interest in learning about the key features and impacts associated with some of the most problematic species. The plants were collected and disposed of while adhering to strict protocol by INVAS Biosecurity staff.

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