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SINNG volunteers’ achievements awarded
New-starting Students Sign up for SINNG!
A busy summer for SINNG
SINNG volunteers scoop star prizes!
College celebrates Biology Week with return of STEM club Saplings
Go native for Cornwall
Scouts shout out “There’s only one Stuart!”
Boscastle Festival 2013
Brownies & Rainbows enjoy pond dipping
SINNG work with Fowey Community College
SINNG innovation award
SINNG at ARC/BHS annual meeting
Biological Recorders Workshop
SINNG help protect Breney Common nature reserve
Parrot’s feather clearance at Penrose
Biosecurity workshop
Big Bang South West 2012
Greenpower South West 2012
Royal Cornwall Show
Boscastle Balsam Bash
Trenance Academy visit
Marine Awareness Day at Fistral beach
INNS talk by Peter McGregor at Duchy College Rosewarne
SINNG Helicon is launched in the Netherlands
Education group become STEM ambassadors
Bio-security workshops
SINNG take part in the Big Spawn Count
Invasive species research at Porkellis
Conservation Work in Enfield Park, Camelford
Poltair School STEM Event
SINNG meet Trelusback Footprint


SINNG volunteers’ achievements awarded
BSc Applied Zoology graduate and long standing SINNG volunteer Tracey Twomey was awarded Student of the Year 2014 at the Tracey Twomey Student of the Year 2014graduation ceremony at Truro Cathedral. Tracey has been a very active volunteer with SINNG, Green Team, worked as a student ambassador and generally worked incredibly hard over the past 4 years. Her efforts have paid off as soon after finishing her course Tracey was offered a full time post as a keeper at Newquay Zoo. Tracey continues to volunteer with SINNG and is a huge asset to the project in all aspects of our work with invasive species. Tracey was also shortlisted for the Student Star Award Green award 2014 a category she won in 2013.

Thanks also to all the staff who were involved in organising the graduation buffet. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with our students. 

Congratulations also go to Stuart Edwards winner of Cornwall College Student Star Awards Green Award 2014. He was also a runner up in the Volunteering category. Stuart has volunteered tirelessly for SINNG even before he enrolled on his course in 2012. Since then he has undertaken a summer internship, regular outreach and awareness events through the STEM ambassador programme, practical clearance tasks and conducted research work for his FdSc Zoological Conservation which linked in with SINNG’s nationally important research on invasive species. As a 3rd year student Stuart remains a key volunteer in the SINNG project and I thank him for his hard work and dedication.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all my volunteers for all they contribute to invasive species action and awareness. Special congratulations go to Tracey and Stuart for all their hard work and commitment over the years with SINNG. You are great examples to our current students. Very well deserved awards. – Nicola Morris, Project Coordinator


New-starting Students Sign up for SINNG!
We had a stand set up at the Cornwall College campus in Newquay to welcome the new cohort of students. We introduced them to our role as an organisation and how they can get involved with our work during their studies. The event had a great turnout and we’ve acquired many more enthusiastic volunteers – expect to meet some of them at upcoming SINNG events!


A busy summer for SINNG
The SINNG Newsletter for this summer has just been released. We’ve been busy providing educational workshops to schools across the county, with children learning all about invasive non-native species through practical and enjoyable activities. Our ‘Alien Detective Challenge‘ education packs are hot-off-the-press and sparking interest from local, national and even international organisations. Meanwhile, we’ve been out in the field tackling invasive non-native plants and conducting critical research into invasive Alpine Newts.
Click here to read the full summer 2014 newsletter

 


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 survey & clearanceThe 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 & 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!

 

 


SINNG work with Fowey Community College

fowey2013Volunteers from SINNG travelled to Fowey Community College to carry out research on the ponds there. The Applied Ecology students were looking for palmate newts, Cornwall’s only native newt species. In some areas these and our other native amphibians are being threatened by the presence of the invasive non-native Alpine newt.

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SINNG innovation award

Biorecorders1The Student Invasive Non Native Group local action group based at Cornwall College Newquay was judged to be the “best example of innovation in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) course or training programme” by the NEF Institute of Knowledge and Innovation at a ceremony in London recently.

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SINNG at ARC/BHS annual meeting

Biorecorders1The joint Scientific Meeting of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation & British Herpetological Society was held in Bournemouth at the Natural Science Society. Nicola went along to talk to fellow delegates about the work students are doing on the alpine newt project in Cornwall. There was plenty of interest in the poster & lots of questions asked on alpine newts, pond plants & bio-security. It was good to see the level of interest in SINNG & everyone seemed keen to find out more about the project. Click here to read more!

 


Biological Recorders Workshop

Biorecorders1Cornwall College Newquay & SINNG volunteers were very pleased to hold a very successful workshop aimed at biological recorders.
This workshop, which was very well attended & oversubscribed, was intended for those interested in, or already involved in, submitting biological records and/or using the resulting data such as distribution maps.
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SINNG help protect Breney Common nature reserve

Breney1Volunteers from SINNG travelled to Breney Common nature reserve, managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, to help clear ponds of the invasive non-native pond plant parrot’s feather.
SINNG (Student Invasive Non-Native Group), a Defra funded local action group hosted by Cornwall College Newquay, helped at the site earlier in the year…
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Parrot’s feather clearance at Penrose

Penrose14.111Volunteers from the Student Invasive Non-Native Group (SINNG) have been hard at work removing invasive pond plants & mapping the 40 ponds that make up the beautiful Penrose Water Gardens, Shortlanesend. With the help & cooperation of owner Ken Greener & new member of staff Roddy Lang, SINNG volunteers have begun identifying invasive aquatic plants in the ponds & removing them for safe composting on-site
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Biosecurity workshop

Biosecurityworkshop26.10New volunteers to SINNG took part in an on-site bio-security workshop and were introduced to the various plant, animal & fungal species causing problems in the UK as well as learning how to reduce the chances of spreading them. The work SINNG do to help control and prevent the spread of INNS associated with water courses means that they…Click here to read more!


Big Bang South West 2012

Bigbang South West 2012Once again SINNG took to the road with our invasive species exhibition. This time our destination was The Big Bang South West held at Exeter University’s Streatham Campus.
This STEM event attracts more than 2000 pupils from over 75 schools across the south west and provides students with the opportunity to showcase their work & compete…Click here to read more!


Greenpower South West 2012

Greenpower 2012What a fantastic time we had at Greenpower South West!
Greenpower is a nationwide initiative to help inspire young people to get excited about engineering. Schools from around the country are encouraged to build electric racing cars which are then entered into races to compete at local & national level. Greenpower held the south west regional finals… Click here to read more!


Royal Cornwall Show

SINNG Royal Cornwall Show eventSINNG’S attendance at the show gave the volunteers a fantastic opportunity to reach a huge target audience & the level of interest in the stand gave hope that we can really make a difference to the problems which are being caused by invasive non-native species….Click here to read more!

 


Boscastle Balsam Bash

sinng boscastle balsam removalSINNG spent the weekend pulling the highly invasive Himalayan balsam from the Valency Valley in Boscastle. SINNG joined forces with the National Trust Rangers & volunteers & made a real impact on what has become a big problem to native plants & their habitat.
Himalayan balsam is a highly invasive plant that was brought to this country in 1839… Click here to read more!


Trenance Academy Visit

SINNG were invited to Trenance Academy in Newquay to work with 4 year 2 classes during the schools science week.  STEM ambassadors Jessica James, Issy Bish, Kathy Troke-Thomas, Portia Minshull, all SINNG volunteers & Nicola Morris, SINNG Project Coordinator, spent 2 afternoons with the enthusiastic 6 & 7 year olds showing them how to identify native freshwater bugs & introducing… Click here to read more!


Imogen Morris and her new friend

Marine Awareness Day at Fistral Beach

On Saturday 24th March SINNG attended an event on Fistral beach in Newquay that had been organized by the second year Marine Conservation students from Cornwall College Newquay. The students raised awareness of all things marine; sandcastle competitions, rocky shore rambles, cliff top treks, sand dune walks, wildlife talks, rocky shore tanks, plankton microscopes… Click here to read more!

 

 


Invasive Non Native Species talk by Peter McGregor at Duchy College Rosewarne

On March 20th 2012 Peter McGregor delivered a talk at Duchy Rosewarne as part of their lunchtime seminars. The talk was about the attitudes and management of invasive non-native species (INNS). A mixture of staff and students attended the talk, for which there was a total of about forty people. Nicola Morris and SINNG members Gemma Walsh and I, Kathy Troke-Thomas, also joined Peter… Click here to read more!

Peter Mcgregor talk Duchy college

Peter McGregor delivering his talk at Duchy Rosewarne


SINNG Helicon is launched in the Netherlands

Netwerkschool Helicon MBO Velp has been asked by project co-ordinator Nicola Morris to participate in the SINNG project. The question was if our students could do research into a number of Non-Native Invasive Species in the Netherlands. There was a list of 8 plants and 4 animals. As their English teacher I saw the opportunity for my students to do the research and work out the results in English. The results will be sent to Cornwall College Newquay and be compared with the results in Cornwall… Click here to read more!

The Netwerkschool Helicon MBO Velp students

The Netwerkschool Helicon MBO Velp students


Education group become STEM ambassadors

SINNG media & education group volunteers were joined by an ex-student and an aerospace engineer to complete their training to become STEM ambassadors. The session held at Cornwall College Newquay by Rachel Delourme, Sustainablility Co-ordinator & STEM Advisor at Cornwall Learning took the volunteers through their paces giving information on… Click here to read more!

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Rachel Delourme with the new STEM ambassadors


Bio-security workshops

New volunteers to SINNG took part in an on-site bio-security workshop and were introduced to the various plant, animal & fungal species causing problems in the UK as well as learning how to reduce the chances of spreading them. The work SINNG do to help control and prevent the spread of INNS associated with water courses means that they could come into contact with a variety of diseases pests and invasives harmful to native species… Click here to read more!


SINNG take part in the Big Spawn Count

Volunteers from SINNG have been very busy surveying ponds in their area for frogspawn & toad spawn & submitting the results to the Big Spawn Count. This survey is being run jointly by Pond Conservation, Amphibian & Reptile Groups of the UK & Amphibian & Reptile Conservation. The results will be used to help find out more about the breeding habits of our amphibians… Click here to read more!


Invasive species research at Porkellis

The Student Invasive Non-Native Group (SINNG) has teamed up with Cornwall Butterfly Conservation to carry out conservation work at a large site at Lower Porkellis near Helston. The site is being managed for many species including the Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) and work has been done to preserve and increase native biodiversity. This area is hugely important… Click here to read more!


Conservation Work in Enfield Park, Camelford

Students on the FdSc Applied Ecology & FdSc Marine Conservation have joined forces with the Friends of Enfield Park, a local action group comprising local residents, to help conserve the native species in the pond in Enfield Park, Camelford.  Students took part in identification and bio-security workshops so they could confidently recognise the invasive non-native species… Click here to read more!

 


Poltair School STEM Event

Cornwall College Newquay’s Student Invasive Non-Native Group (SINNG) took part in a STEM At Work day at Poltair School, St Austell. STEM ambassadors Nicola Morris and Kathy Troke-Thomas spent the day with 125 year 7 students and had great fun whilst inspiring the young students who showed real enthusiasm. The first half of the session saw the children playing a game which demonstrated the effects the freshwater zebra mussel… Click here to read more!


SINNG meet Trelusback Footprint

SINNG have teamed up with the Trelusback Footprint, a conservation project aimed at encouraging young people to get inspired and involved in conservation work. The site at Penhalvean, near Redruth, has been taken on by the group along with support from Cornwall Butterfly Conservation and they carry out regular scrub clearance work and other land management tasks to help improve the habitat and biodiversity of plant and animal species there… Click here to read more!


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