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INCA Summary of Activity 2023

It will come as no surprise to hear that INCA is expecting another busy year ahead in 2024, delivering exciting opportunities for our members. 

Building on the highly productive work of 2023, such as the extensive re- wilding projects of establishing new, high- quality habitats, to the re-introduction of rare and beautiful butterfly species, we expect
to continue working side-by-side with our members on bringing high quality projects for wildlife, staff and local people to enjoy.

INCA Wild Teesside Book Cover

This is a remarkable book about the remarkable wildlife of a remarkable place – produced by a remarkable organisation.

Teesside is universally known for its heavy industry, whilst also being internationally recognised and important for the wildlife and ecology of its estuarine mudflats and saltmarshes. But just as the industry and commerce of Teesside is about so much more than shipping, steel and chemicals, so its wildlife is about so much more than the seals and shorebirds for which it is famous.

This book highlights and celebrates the harmonious and symbiotic relationship of wildlife and industry on Teesside. Whilst it is perhaps surprising that a book dedicated to the wildlife of Teesside has not been produced before, it is entirely fitting that one should now be produced by INCA (the Industry Nature Conservation Association). Founded 30 years ago with the very purpose of fostering this rich relationship, INCA continues to support the development of the area for the mutual benefit of both economy and environment. With its stories and examples of just some of the impressive things that can be achieved when industry and nature conservation work together, perhaps this book can inspire the creation of similar organisations elsewhere in the UK.

Stories

Ecological Assessment Using DNA

eDNA (environmental DNA) survey is a technique where water samples, typically from ponds or streams, are taken and then analysed to identify if there is any environmental DNA from animals which are present. Historically, the use of this technique has been more focused on identification of the protected Great Crested . . .

Invasive species 

Non-native species are those that have been introduced to our country, whether deliberately or accidentally, by human action. You may have heard about the more common terrestrial species such as the ominous Japanese Knotweed or the health and safety hazard that is Giant Hogweed, but there are also lesser-known plants . . .

Tees Seals Project 

This was a record year for the seal colony at Teesmouth. Not only was there a big jump in number of pups recorded (up to 36 from last year’s record of 26) but the peak numbers of both Harbour Seals and Grey Seals were the highest ever recorded. This was . . .

Moths and their use as sensitive environmental indicators

Moths are a diverse group of organisms, with 2600 species occurring in the UK. Of these around 50% of the national total are to be found in our region. This wide range of species has a vast range of different ecological requirements, largely determined by their preference for particular larval . . .

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