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Councillor Welcomes Efforts to Raise Greater Awareness of Invasive Species

Published: 14 September, 2018

Cllr Glenn Campbell recently raised issue of Ragwort in Dromore and welcomes plans to raise awareness of invasive species.

Cllr Glenn Campbell recently raised issue of Ragwort in Dromore and welcomes plans to raise awareness of invasive species.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed plans by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to raise awareness of invasive species.

Following discussion with the Council's Biodiversity Officer, Cllr Campbell said he had requested that a special council meeting be arranged to discuss the common invasive species in the Council area, known sites that require attention and to raise awareness amongst councillors, leaving them better informed to advise constituents.

Cllr Campbell said,

"I have received a number of queries in relation to invasive species. It is important that people are aware of these plants and the risk that they pose. Some can be harmful to animals, for example, Ragwort if it is dead and fed to animals within hay or silage. Some can be harmful to humans, e.g., Giant Hogweed. Whist others can be detrimental to property or can impact on planned developments, such as Japanese Knotweed. I therefore feel it is important that greater knowledge of these invasive species is gained by officers, Councillors and the general public.

Welcoming news of Council events planned to inform Councillors and the general public, Cllr Campbell said,

"I welcome the willingness of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council's Biodiversity officers engage with Councillors and the general public in order to raise awareness. I am also pleased to learn that a number of events are planned that will enable the public to learn more about various invasive species. This all builds upon the Council's Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) that was launched in March of this year."

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