South Atlantic Invasive Species Project

The South Atlantic Invasive Species Project is a three-year project (December 2006 - December 2009) funded under the European Union EDF 9.[1] 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.

Project progress

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[3]

References

  1. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 07 Feb 2008 (pt 0024)". Hansard. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  2. ^ Juanita, Brock (27 February 2007). "S.Atlantic : Invasive Species Project Takes Off Locally". South Atlantic Remote Territories Media Association. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Lost sedge now on a Knife Edge". RSPB. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
Bulbostylis neglecta

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

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