Student Invasive Non-Native Group

SINNG is a student Local Action Group based at Cornwall College, Newquay. Launched in 2010, we are working to increase action and awareness on INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species) and reduce the impacts INNS are currently having on native wildlife. Action includes practical fieldwork, research, public engagement and raising awareness.

Please Note – We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the events calendar. This issue will be resolved as soon as possible and we apologise for the inconvenience. In the mean time, for information on upcoming events please contact nicola.morris@cornwall.ac.uk

Latest News

SINNG volunteers scoop star prizes!


Jay Minuti Cornwall College Student of the Year 2013 with Fellow SINNG volunteer Jack HicksOur volunteers have been very successful winning awards recently. Jay Minuti was awarded the Plymouth University Award for Cornwall College Student of the year at the recent graduation ceremony. Her academic success was noted as well as her commitment to SINNG & her STEM ambassador work. Very well deserved.
Tracey Twomey won the Green Award at the Cornwall College Student Star Awards. Tracey has shown a huge commitment to volunteering with SINNG both at practical events & STEM workshops. Amy Jones was runner up in the same category.  Congratulations to you both.
The SINNG team has been nominated for an  award at the upcoming Staff Star awards. This is testimony to the huge number of hours volunteers put in to the project. Well done to you all.
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College celebrates Biology week with return of STEM club Saplings


Saplings having fun playing SINNG pairsSaplings, the after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club, held at Newquay’s Atlantic Centre, launched its new programme this week.  To help celebrate Biology Week children from local primary schools came along and had a great time while learning about science. At the launch party kids were encouraged to get involved by writing their names in invisible ink (lemon juice), playing with “walking water” where water coloured with blue and yellow food dye walked down kitchen towel and mixed at the bottom to form green water. The session ended with a scavenger hunt around the Atlantic Centre looking for a variety of objects and was a great success.
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Go Native for Cornwall

Penrose native pond plantsAlien invaders were the target for SINNG students who helped launch the new native pond plant range at Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend. In a bid to reduce the impacts invasive species have on native wildlife a perfect partnership has been struck with the Gardens – SINNG runs community awareness and educational workshops, and regular student parties visit the gardens to remove any pesky invasive plants out-competing the beautiful lilies the gardens pride themselves upon. There are 5 aquatic plants which the government have banned from sale from April 2014 and others which whilst not subject to the ban also have an adverse impact on native species.
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Scouts shout out “There’s only one Stuart!”

Falmouth Sea Scouts enjoying pond surveying and clearance

The beautiful grounds at Pencarrow House, nr Bodmin was the venue for this year’s Kernow Jamboree 2013 – The international Scout & Guide Jamboree. Scouts, Guides, Explorer Scouts & Ranger Guides aged 10-26 from around the world including units from as far afield as Scotland, Cornwall, Canada & Africa camped on the estate & took part in a range of activities.

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Boscastle Festival 2013


SINNG stand at Boscastle Festival 2013SINNG volunteers had great success last week at Boscastle Food, Arts and Crafts Festival in Valency Field, helping represent some of the wide range of talents and interests around the village. The sun stayed out and the rain stayed away making the festival a great success with over 3000 happy (& warm!) visitors. Alongside apple pressing and archery, the SINNG road show was part of the festivals ‘Green Scene’ which as a festival first, hosted a series of fun and interactive learning events along the banks of the river.

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Brownies and Rainbows enjoy pond dipping 

1st Camelford Brownies pond dippingBrownies & Rainbows from Camelford had a great time with SINNG at their local pond learning about what lives there. As well as finding out about the invasive plants which SINNG have been busy controlling, the girls took part in a freshwater bug hunt & took great delight in finding out exactly what is living in the pond. Click here to read more!

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