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First environmental workshop of 2020 takes place focusing on INNS

On the 14th January the Places to Paddle Team joined forces with Kirst Elton from the East Midland Regional Development Team to deliver the first environmental workshop of 2020. The workshop, attended by British Canoeing Policy Officer Richard Atkinson, related to the impacts of invasive non native species and how paddlers can help stop the spread of these harmful organisms.

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The evenings workshop helped delegates from all parts of the East Midlands identify the most common invasive species and learn about INNS control and how to implement appropriate measures such as biosecurity.

Control of non native species is already taking place between British Canoeing and other organisations who are responsible for the navigation of many of our waterways as well as the protection of our natural environment from invasive species such as Floating Pennywort.

Paddlers are key to helping eradicate some harmful species as canoes/kayaks/SUPs can reach areas where larger mechanical weed boats are unable to access. This has been demonstrated in the North West and Yorkshire as well as on the lowland rivers of Anglia.

Dealing with non native species relates directly with British Canoeing’s Clear Access, Clear Water Campaign which states that British Canoeing pledges to continue to act to protect and improve the health of rivers; working to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment.

Finally, a number of delegates volunteered to be trained up to help deliver a programme of biosecurity at events throughout England in 2020. If you can help or wish to know more, please contact Richard Atkinson at [email protected]

Your membership money is helping us stop the spread of invasive non-native species including supporting projects removing floating pennywort from our waterways. Have a look at one recent example here.