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14th July

Like photography? and the great outdoors? We’ve got the perfect competition running as part of The Big Dee Day – The Invasion 2015.

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14th July 2015

The Balsam bashing season is well underway with groups active across the Dee catchment.  People have been volunteering their time to take part and without their help very little would get achieved so we thank our volunteers greatly!

There is a pile of balsam behind those nettles!

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The results of the volunteer effort to clear Himalayan balsam from a number of sites is evident with many sites reporting a huge reduction from last year! Keep up the good work everyone!

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And you haven’t missed your chance to join in!

The following dates have ‘balsam bashing’ activities planned with our project partners:

Weds 15th July – Bala – contact g.davies@eyri-npa.gov.uk
Thurs 16th July – Mold contact lawrence.w.gotts@flintshire.gov.uk
Sat 18th July - Tilston, Cheshire lgeorge@cheshirewt.org.uk
Mon 20th July - Pandy Pool, Flint lawrence.w.gotts@flintshire.gov.uk
Tues 21st July - Alyn Waters Country Park richard.aram@wrexham.gov.uk
Thurs 23rd July – Bala  as above
Weds 29th July - Ty Mawr Country Park, Cefn Mawr liz.carding@wrexham.gov.uk
Weds 29th July – Bala as above


10th July 2015

Big Dee Day – The Invasion 2015

The annual battle against invasive non-native species such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and Giant Hogweed has begun with the launch of the Big Dee Day – The Invasion in Corwen. Now into its third year, the coordinated effort to tackle invasive non-native species across the River Dee catchment is building momentum and recording successes. Rhun Jones, from Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, reports that they will be unable to hold a big volunteer event on one of their 2 acre sites in Corwen this year. Why? Following the tremendous effort of volunteers here over the previous 2 campaigns, only about 50 plants appeared here this year and were quickly picked off by staff during a site visit.

A month-long series of events, open to everyone across the region will carry on throughout July and into August. The efforts of the public will help tackle alien invaders right across the Dee catchment, from the river’s source in Snowdonia National Park right through Cheshire to the Dee estuary.

A partnership of Welsh and English organisations including five local authority Countryside Services, Snowdonia National Park Authority, DINNS Project, Keep Wales Tidy, the Welsh Dee Trust, the Clywdian Range and Dee Valley AONB, BASC, Cofnod and Natural Resources Wales are involved in organising the event.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Chair of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB said , “ this is an example of how working in partnership can lead to an incredible level of activity and bring real success in tackling serious issues – in this case the impact on invasive species on our biodiversity. The partnership has made huge progress already and bodes well for the future. I would like to pay tribute to both present and future volunteers and ensure them that their work is very much appreciated.”

If you or your group would like to get stuck in with balsam bashing or knotweed whacking, or if you fancy spying on the alien invaders and recording their locations visit the following for more information about events happening in your area www.facebook.com/BigDeeDayTheInvasion or www.dinns.org.uk.  

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Councillors, Project partners, volunteers and organisation from across the Dee catchment gathered at Rhug Estate at the end of June to launch this years Big Dee Day The Invasion.  


1st June 2015

Big Dee Day – The Invasion 2015 – Get involved!

Organisations across North Wales and Cheshire are appealing for volunteers to help tackle invasive non-native species on the River Dee and its tributaries.
Following two successful years of The Big Dee Day – The Invasion, the event is being repeated again this summer.
The previous two years have seen up to 60 events and nearly 2,000 volunteer hours put towards tackling invasive non-native species like Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and Giant Hogweed. 
A coordinated programme of volunteer activities is taking place this month with various opportunities for people to get involved, from the river’s source in Snowdonia National Park right through to the Dee estuary, until August.
The event is open to everyone across the region to help remove invasive non-native plants from the River Dee and its tributaries and to record infested areas. The species that will be tackled are alien species, brought to the UK either accidentally or intentionally, which can cause big problems for native wildlife, as well as having other effects, such as making river banks more prone to erosion and increasing the risk of flooding. 
A partnership of Welsh and English organisations including five local authority Countryside Services, Snowdonia National Park Authority, DINNS Project, Keep Wales Tidy, the Welsh Dee Trust, BASC, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB are involved in organising the event and it is funded by Natural Resources Wales. 
Meryl Norris, Dee Invasive Non-Native Species Project Officer said: “The volunteer effort from the previous two years has made the event a real success.  The various ‘balsam bashes’ taking part across the catchment are a great way to get out to some beautiful riverside locations and help tackle an important issue for DSCF0757conservation."
If you or your group would like to get stuck in with balsam bashing or knotweed whacking, or if you fancy spying on the alien invaders and recording their locations contact your local contact below  for more information about events happening in your area or check out www.facebook.com/BigDeeDayTheInvasion or www.dinns.org.uk.  

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5th August 2014

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After an offer of help from Llangollen Outdoors to join in with the Big Dee Day –The Invasion we managed to organise with the help of Rhun from Denbighshire Countryside Services to get a section of the River Dee mapped for INNS from the river by raft! This data is essential to help target the control efforts of all the willing volunteer groups.  This type of survey is usually done by foot and can take weeks to cover large stretches of river so we jumped at the chance to take to the river by raft.survey2

We took to the river at Llandderfel and made it roughly 15Km downstream to Cynwyd and mapped any INNS that we came across, luckily only Himalayan balsam was present on this stretch but it was at quite high densities in some areas.  This exercise also helped us highlight access and stretches most suitable for different types of work parties. 

 

 

It was a great exercise which we hope to repeat further downstream and again a huge thanks to Llangollen Outdoors for volunteering their time and rafts!


19th July 2014

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The launch of the Alyn Valley project took part at Caergwrle on Saturday 19th July.  Rain held off and a 15 strong team of ‘balsam bashers’ took to the banks of the Alyn to tackle the swaths of balsam that awaited.  The project has had great success to date working from the source of the balsam to Mold, efforts are being concentrated on moving into the lower stretch of the river now downstream of Mold and new community groups are being urged to come on board.  Our efforts were rewarded with a lovely buffet back in the boys brigade hall.  If you are interested in joining in with the Alyn Valley balsam effort please get in touch


13th July 2014

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BBC Radio Wales visited the Dee catchment to record their regular Sunday morning ‘Country Focus’ show on invasive non-native species. 

Species covered included Chinese mitten crabs, Giant Hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and American signal crayfish.   We had input from North Wales Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Alyn Valley Himalayan Balsam Project, Flintshire Council, Welsh Dee Trust and local angling clubs.  

 

 


27th June 2014

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Community leaders, champions of the environment and members of the public joined forces at various launch events over the weekend to start removing Himalayan Balsam, Japanese knotweed and Chinese mitten crab from along the banks of the River Dee.


A month-long series of events, open to everyone across the region will carry on throughout July. The efforts of the public will help tackle alien invaders right across the Dee catchment, from the river's source in Snowdonia National Park right through Cheshire to the Dee estuary.
Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Chair of the Joint Advisory Board for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and Flintshire Biodiversity Champion said: "The project to clear Himalayan Balsam from the county's waterways has been very successful over the last six years and we have had fantastic support from local communities in successfully fighting back against this alien invader.  "Himalayan Balsam stops other plants growing causing erosion of the riverbanks and natural habitat so it's important to remove as much as possible."  "The fight is on-going and there are lots of opportunities for volunteering so please contact our local biodiversity officer for more information on how you can help."DINNS Press (c) Tom Marshall-6
Five local authority Countryside Services, Snowdonia National Park Authority, the DINNS Project, Keep Wales Tidy, the Welsh Dee Trust, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, Chester Zoo, Record, Cofnod and Natural Resources Wales are involved in organising the event.


A calendar of events is available and events across the region will be updated daily on www.facebook.com/bigdeedaytheinvasion