The South Atlantic Invasive Species Project is a three-year project (December 2006 - December 2009) funded under the European Union EDF 9. The purpose of the project is to increase the capacity of the UK's South Atlantic Overseas Territories to deal with invasive species issues. The territories involved are Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the Falkland Islands and Ascension Island. The project is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) on behalf of the partner governments. In addition to the partner governments, two NGOs: Falklands Conservation and the Saint Helena National Trust are key stakeholders.
The project started with the appointment of two project officers, Andrew Darlow, for Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, and Brian Summers for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.
During the course of the project, Dr Phil Lambdon discovered a living example of a type of sedge on Saint Helena, Bulbostylis neglecta, that had not been seen for over 200 years and was previously feared extinct.
Clare Miller who manages the South Atlantic Invasive Species project said:
Saint Helena’s wildlife has been ravaged by species introduced to the island. Goats, gorse, grasses, and cage birds have all been liberated on the island where they have wreaked havoc with the native species. Saint Helena is a noted extinction hotspot, driven largely by non-native species, and the native birds have suffered more here than many other islands. Of eight species of bird confined to the island, seven have become extinct since the island’s discovery in 1502.
Bulbostylis neglecta, neglected tuft sedge locally, is an endemic member of the Cyperaceae of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic.Bulbostylis neglecta was first collected by William John Burchell in 1806, although the specimen was not described as a new species until 1884. Since then it had not been recorded again and was presumed extinct until, in May, 2008, during a botanical survey of St Helena, a small population of the sedge was rediscovered by botanists Philip Lambdon and Andrew Darlow of the European Union's South Atlantic Invasive Species Project and by local naturalist Pat Joshua. Subsequent work by the project team located five distinct populations totalling about 4000 plants. The rediscovery is timely as the existing populations are being encroached on by an invasive African fountain grass Pennisetum setaceum.Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a charitable organisation registered in England and Wales and in Scotland. It was founded in 1889. It works to promote conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through public awareness campaigns, petitions and through the operation of nature reserves throughout the United Kingdom.The RSPB has over 1,300 employees, 18,000 volunteers and more than a million members (including 195,000 youth members), making it the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe. The RSPB has many local groups and maintains 200 nature reserves.South Atlantic (disambiguation)
The South Atlantic is the portion of the Atlantic Ocean which lies south of the Equator.
South Atlantic may also refer to:
South Atlantic air ferry route in World War II
South Atlantic Anomaly, where the inner Van Allen belt is closest to the Earth's surface
South Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua, now the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, see: Union blockade
South Atlantic City, New Jersey, see: Margate City, New Jersey
South Atlantic Coastal Plain, see: Atlantic coastal plain
South Atlantic Conference, American college athletic conference
South Atlantic convergence zone, elongated axis of clouds, precipitation and convergent winds
South Atlantic Current, eastward flowing ocean current, fed by the Brazil Current
South Atlantic elephant-seal, see: southern elephant seal
South Atlantic English, variety of the English language spoken on islands in the South Atlantic Ocean
South Atlantic Flash, see: Vela Incident
South Atlantic Football Association, see: Dixie League (football)
South Atlantic High, semipermanent pressure high centred at about 25°S, 15°W
South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association, former American intercollegiate athletic conference
South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, district in the American Intercollegiate Sailing Association
South Atlantic Invasive Species Project, three-year project (2006–2009) funded under the European Union EDF 9
South Atlantic Investment Corporation Building, historic site in Jacksonville, Florida, United States
South Atlantic League, or "Sally League", American baseball league
South Atlantic League Hall of Fame
South Atlantic League rosters
South Atlantic Medal, campaign medal awarded to British military personnel and civilians for service in the 1982 Falklands War
South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, created in 1986 through a UN resolution on Brazil's initiative
South Atlantic Petroleum, Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company
South Atlantic Race, yacht race from Cape Town to various destinations in South America
South Atlantic Squadron, component of the US Navy until the early 1900s
South Atlantic States, one of nine American Census Bureau Divisions
South Atlantic Station, former operational area of the British Royal Navy
South Atlantic tropical cyclone, unusual weather event originating in the South Atlantic Ocean
South Atlantic War, see Falklands War