Archive for the tag 'Invasive non-native species'

Invasive non-native species in the pages of Trout & Salmon

Especially if you’re an angler, invasive non-native species can really spoil your day. From giant hogweed on the banks (with phyto-phototoxic sap which inflicts third-degree burns that’ll keep coming back for years) to signal crayfish and killer shrimp in the water (which destroy the food web from the bottom up by chewing through all the […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Trout & Salmon, Writing Apr 19 2017

My Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing: £5.00 special offer from Merlin Unwin Books

Hard to believe a year has passed since my Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing was published, yet this is already the second summer when it’s been helping ordinary members of the public to start fighting back against invasive non-native species (INNS) in their local areas. Now balsam (and floating pennywort, rhododendron, mink, grey squirrel etc…) […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Writing Jun 04 2015

Balsam Bashing: The reviews are out!

A couple of months have passed since my Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing was published in May this year, and it’s been great to see it gradually gaining traction across the environmental sector. Here’s what the reviewers have been saying so far: Neil Patterson in Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine:  Stuffed with essential facts […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Writing Aug 24 2014

Balsam Bashing at the Game Fair

According to the great John Gierach, publishers may well have invented book signings to keep writers humble… and that’s certainly how it felt for the first five spookily-quiet minutes of Coch-y-Bonddu’s  ‘meet the author’ session during this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim. Maybe we’re putting them off, suggested Peter Hayes, all sitting here looking like […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Shows, Tackle, Ultralight fly-fishing Jul 22 2014

Balsam Bashing: Book signings at Farlows and Sportfish

To celebrate the launch of my new Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing this week, I’ve been highly honoured to set out my stall at two separate Sportfish events… … first an all-day signing session at Farlows on publication day (complete with wine and snacks generously laid on by Brian Fratel and Sam) … … and […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Shows, Writing May 11 2014

Now in the wild: My new Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing

Invasive non-native species of all kinds, be very afraid. Today’s the day when my new Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing officially gets let out to start kicking your ass in the wild. Me? I’ll mostly be spending the day at Farlows in central London, hoping to sign a few copies and chat about invasive species with anyone […]

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Flyfishing.co.uk, Invasive non-native species, London, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Writing May 08 2014

My Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing: 10 days to go!

Exciting news… speaking to my publishers at Merlin Unwin Books this morning, I’ve learned that several thousand copies of my second book have now arrived safely at the warehouse in time for our official publication date on Thursday 8 May. Thanks to enormous efforts from many third sector organisations across Britain and Ireland, the idea of […]

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Invasive non-native species, River restoration, Urban rivers, Writing Apr 28 2014

Bashing balsam

Several evenings in the past two months, I’ve followed the track of one of our previous volunteer balsam-pulling days, sniping late stragglers that pop their heads above the parapet of rusting brambles and bindweed. Absent overshading and other competition from its fellows, it’s amazing how the most inconspicuous seedling will snatch its chance to shoot […]

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Chub, Coarse fish on the fly, Dace, Fly-fishing, Flyfishing.co.uk, Invasive non-native species, London, River restoration, Urban rivers, Urbantrout, Wandle, Writing Oct 07 2013

Stop the spread: Fighting back against invasive species

When it comes to identifying and dealing with aquatic invasive non-native species, can there be anyone better equipped than a bunch of motivated, knowledgeable anglers?  Well, sometimes, yes. But everyone has to start somewhere, and it never hurts to know more about the actual and potential threats to your favourite river, newly-restored or not… It’s […]

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Fly Fishers' Republic, Invasive non-native species, River restoration, Writing Sep 27 2012