Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?

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Post by Sdravko » Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:56 pm

Ääääh?
is pine not a tree?

:whax: :toothy4:

in case you do not recognize it, the plant is pinus pinea.

no, honestly. a secret society is a great idea. ill convert you to the dark side of nature conservation.

and, Pine, no offense meaned. i just fell in love with that cute emoticon with the axe and you gave me another opportunity to use it. :lol:

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:11 pm

Hehe no problem use it as you like :)

The pine will come back to haunt you!

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Post by Sdravko » Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:40 pm

not any more than the thousands i ve killed.

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Post by robcar » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:06 pm

Good to know that a few Selmunett lizards are still around - so not all may be lost after all - hopefully attempts to eradicate rats will be successful and the population will recover

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Post by RB » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:21 pm

It should not be impossible to eradicate the rat population on Selmunett, contrary to impressions except in "bountiful" locations rats are not that numerous in terms of number/area, and warfarin based poisons are still highly effective. I hazard a guess that it only takes about Lm25-Lm50 worth of poison to clear up the area.

I guess they really party when some dirty jerk drops comes to Selmunett and leaves their trash behind, but this must be rather uncommon outside of the summer months. Which is why they turn to eating anything they can find when the going gets tough.

Although rats are very good swimmers however it is unlikely they would deliberately journey across the 50 or whatever metres that separate the island from the mainland, more likely if they fell off the cliffs into the sea and maybe by wave action they decided to swim the "wrong" way.

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Post by robcar » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:48 pm

Yes, rats are probably somewhat like me - they can swim but would rather not unless they have to.

Yes it should be possible to eradicate rats - it has been done on various small islands - the greater problem seems to be to eradicate the messy human rats that leave rubbish about during the summer months.

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:17 pm

I might also have a partial solution for the larger rats (waste).

Payback money for recycled dump and rubbish, like the little money one gets for soft drink bottles.

eg 25c per kilo of glass
50c per kilo of metal .etc.

(dont comment on the values, just the idea!)

Perhaps I should move this to "How to improve the environment" topic
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Post by IL-PINE » Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:32 am

should not be such a problem. Selmunett is a small islet.

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Post by jackpot » Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:50 pm

I only can repeat what I`ve said on Wed Apr 26, 2006 8:21 am :wink:
May be you Maltese should follow (in this case!) the USA: but instead of"adopt a highway" you could use "adopt a square meter"... :)

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