Invasive Species of the Regent’s Canal
October 13, 2013 by louis
We were delighted to be invited on board the Floating Cinema last month, as we set sail along the Regent’s Canal from Mile End to Limehouse Basin and back, searching for the many invasive plants and animals that have made their home in London’s waterways.
Joining us to lead our nature-tour-with-a-twist were aquatic ecologist Jon Grey and crayfish conservation expert Lydia Robbins. They brought along a range of species (alive and pickled!) that had been retrieved from the local area – from demon shrimp and crayfish, to goldfish, Chinese mitten crabs, and even a terrapin.
Along the way we attempted – sadly unsuccessfully – to trap some Signal Crayfish, while Jon and Lydia pointed out various invasive species and explained their impacts on the local ecosystem.
On the way back, Jon mapped the canal’s ecosystem using a large graph and two flavours of Club biscuit – orange for invasive and mint for native…