09Dec 2015

An importer recently found a dirty pallet covered in snails among their cargo from the UK… they called Biosecurity to check it out.  On closer inspection Biosecurity found more than just some snails lurking on the pallet; two species of non-native spider, seven snails, a European earwig and lots of soil and leaves were also stuck to it, or hiding […]

23Nov 2015
  • Brazilian Wandering Spider

A Brazilian Wandering Spider found its way to the Falklands last week after hitching a ride from Uruguay among a bunch of bananas. These spiders are known to be aggressive and highly venomous, in fact in the 2010 Guinness World Records they were described as the most venomous spider in the world! The bananas were […]

20Oct 2015

I visited New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries to find out how they ‘Grow and protect New Zealand’. It turns out the Kiwi’s are not only good at rugby. New Zealand has more similarities with the Falkland Islands than you might think, and it’s not just that both country’s capitals are known for their strong […]

05Sep 2015

Many folk will remember the great potato famine of 2014 when local stocks ran dry and people were forced to have dinners of mutton without spuds. Lots of people grow potatoes, both in gardens and commercially, but some people seem to have more luck than others. Furthermore some potato varieties have been passed down through […]

24Aug 2015

In August representatives from the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories met on Ascension Island to discuss biosecurity. The workshop was organised and funded by the JNCC and hosted by the Ascension Island Government. The delegation comprised a mixed bunch of people representing governments, NGO’s and related industries from the Falklands, South Georgia, Tristan Da Cunha, […]

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