Council is currently reviewing the Byron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and wants to hear from the community about their views and aspirations for managing Byron Shire’s biodiversity values. The first stage of the community consultation is a survey.
The survey will only take 5 – 10 minutes to complete and the responses will be considered as part of the Strategy review.
The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SZGR7DK
NewScientist 02 April 2014] — WE HAVE all heard a lot of bad stuff about introduced species: they run rampant through our ecosystems, costing billions to control each year. They are also accused of driving native species extinct. Indeed, alien species are often cited as one of the big threats to biodiversity. Not so fast. In Where Do Camels Belong? The story and science of invasive species, plant biologist Ken Thompson argues that most alien species – even some topping the eco-horror lists – cause little or no lasting damage and aren’t worth the angst, effort or money we devote to controlling them. Purple loosestrife, for example, is often viewed as one of the worst invasive weeds in North America because it forms dense stands of tall, conspicuous flowering heads. But when ecologists looked closer, reports Thompson, there was little evidence of actual harm. Even in Hawaii – poster child for the noxious effects of alien species – invaders tend to make ecosystems more diverse, not less. Nor are introduced species the financial burden they are often made out to be. For one thing, says Thompson, hardly anyone bothers to count the economic benefits of “aliens” such as wheat and cows – a sum that runs to $800 billion per year in the US alone. Moreover, much of the cost of the invaders turns out to be the money spent controlling them.