Our borders are under siege, not from immigrants of human origin, but by those that float on the wind, bury themselves in wood, infect our crops and damage the health of the environment. Invasive species, pests and diseases are what Andrew Gaunt of the government’s Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) tackles on a daily basis in his role as Plant Health and Seeds Inspector. From Ash Dieback to Asian Hornets, Andrew delivered punchy stories from the frontline of protecting our borders in his fascinating presentation. Now it is our turn to become more aware of the threats posed by these alien invaders.
The event was hosted by the south east branch of The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) at the University of Brighton on 12 November.