RSSLand Habitat

DoE explains magnitude of green iguana cull to LA

DoE explains magnitude of green iguana cull to LA

| 18/09/2018 | 92 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment director spelled out to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday the magnitude of the challenge presented by the number of invasive green iguanas on Grand Cayman ahead of the planned cull. In order to make an impact on the growing population and ensure the cull’ [...]

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7MB turtle nests have narrow escape from bulldozer

7MB turtle nests have narrow escape from bulldozer

| 10/09/2018 | 50 Comments
(CNS): Department of Environment volunteers and staff were able to rescue four turtle nests on an empty Seven Mile Beach lot last week when they intervened to stop an excavator that was clearing vegetation in the area. The team arrived just in time to stop the heavy equipment from driving over one n [...]

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Green iguana cull needs $7m cash injection

Green iguana cull needs $7m cash injection

| 03/09/2018 | 47 Comments
(CNS): The recent request for information (RFI) to discover the capacity of local cullers to significantly reduce the population of invasive green iguanas revealed that there are enough people willing and able to take on the challenge but the government will need to properly fund the multi-year cull [...]

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MRCU aims to eradicate Aedes aegypti

MRCU aims to eradicate Aedes aegypti

| 30/08/2018 | 27 Comments
(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has created a board made up largely of international and global technical experts with the ambitious goal of eradicating the Aedes aegypti mosquito from Grand Cayman. The creation of this specialist advisory board was revealed in a press release [...]

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Cayman plays part in Amazon deforestation

Cayman plays part in Amazon deforestation

| 15/08/2018 | 47 Comments
(CNS): A new report published by researchers this week in the academic journal, Nature, Ecology and Evolution, states that tax havens and offshore financial centres, including the Cayman Islands, are supporting unsustainable practices such as Amazon deforestation. While tax havens have long been bla [...]

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Land crabs threatened by traffic and development

Land crabs threatened by traffic and development

| 06/08/2018 | 12 Comments
(CNS): A new scoping study by the Department of Environment Terrestrial Research Unit found that almost 3,000 black land crabs were killed on the Queen’s Highway in East End during the two month peak migration season last summer. Writing in the DoE magazine, Flicker, graduate research student [...]

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DoE needs info to stop 2020 iguana doomsday

DoE needs info to stop 2020 iguana doomsday

| 31/07/2018 | 69 Comments
(CNS): With only CI$1.1 million in the budget and a doomsday scenario of around 4.6 million green iguanas on Grand Cayman by 2020, the Department of Environment is urging everyone interested in adapting an existing business or starting a new one to help remove the pest to take part over the next ten [...]

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Battle against turtle poaching continues

Battle against turtle poaching continues

| 23/07/2018 | 43 Comments
(CNS): Following news that poachers made off with a wild turtle that had been nesting on Barkers Beach last week, the Department of Environment has confirmed that they managed to save another turtle on Seven Mile Beach that poachers had flipped on its back in the early hours of 11 July, thanks to th [...]

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How do you keep scorpions away?

How do you keep scorpions away?

| 05/07/2018
Recently I’ve found a couple of scorpions in my house. I was able to deal with them but have a few questions. How do they get into the house and how do you stop them from coming? Also, am I correct that the scorpions found here are not lethal? [...]

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Conservation for people as well as wildlife

Conservation for people as well as wildlife

| 29/06/2018 | 14 Comments
(CNS): Fred Burton, the head of the Terrestrial Research Unit at the Department of Environment, is urging the public to join in the current public consultations on the latest sites proposed as areas for permanent conservation across the Cayman Islands. Burton said that creating protected areas is no [...]

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Mistletoe feared extinct found on Little Cayman

Mistletoe feared extinct found on Little Cayman

| 06/06/2018 | 24 Comments
(CNS): An extremely rare endemic mistletoe species, which had not been seen since 1991 and was feared extinct, has been found on Little Cayman, paving the way for the Department of Environment to undertake a thorough survey of the plant for its future protection. The Terrestrial Research Unit at th [...]

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