SINNG is a student Local Action Group based at Cornwall College, Newquay. Launched in 2010, we work to increase action and awareness on INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species) and reduce the impacts INNS have on native wildlife. Action includes practical fieldwork, research, public engagement and raising awareness. We are mainly student volunteers and are involved in every aspect of the project –
- Attending and running biosecurity and identification workshops
- Clearance and monitoring work
- Maintaining a social media presence
- Conducting research on impacts and management of INNS
SINNG is co-ordinated by Nicola Morris and involves Cornwall College staff in many of our actions.
SINNG often work with other organisations including CABI, National Trust, Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group and Cornwall Butterfly Conservation. This collaboration allows actions to have a greater impact and sharing of expert knowledge.
SINNG is involved in education and outreach work. We are involving students from all the Cornwall College campuses and have regional, national and international links . We are involved with a growing list of schools throughout Cornwall (students are trained STEM ambassadors). SINNG runs workshops to increase understanding of INNS and their impacts. Games and activities are used in a fun and interactive way for a variety of age groups, bringing to life the effects INNS have on native plants and animals.