Sitka Spruce

Michael Braithwaite (VCR for Berwickshire and currently President of BSBI) e-mails seeking support for a campaign to make folks aware of the invasive nature of Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis).  Hoorah!

I have been on about this for years as large areas of moorland are vanishing under this pestilent invader.  In this part of the world it is far more of a problem than the usual suspects listed as invasive aliens.

Actually, Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) is a bit of a pest too…..

There will be more on this.  I can’t think how I have avoided a rant here before.

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2 Responses to “Sitka Spruce”

  1. Jack Says:

    That is personal. I personally love sitkaspruce and I don’t think “moors” are natural. They are introduced by men also, but because we are familiar with them we think they belng here.
    In The Netherlands, Sitka spruce gives way to the richest fern forests by far (in species density and richness).
    The problem, in my view, is withn people and there problem to accept change. Besides, it seems to be related to a loss of control. Species simply do not comply according to the “laws”. These ae not set by nature, but by men (again). Let the spruce be. Let the pine be. Just watch things change. In Sitkaspruce forests over here they regenarate massively too, but still Acer also joins them aswell as Tsuga. I think we need woodland, not moors. To sequester Co2 which, via global warming, posses a much greater change in species composition throughout the globe.

  2. Stephen Says:

    Yes it is personal. And in general I am all for change – it is what the universe, the planet and especially life is all about. And I am well aware that moors are not natural. However, we will have to agree to differ about Sitka Spruce!

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