Invasive Species

Since the presence of Invasive Alien Species is one of the most preoccupying factors that affect the viability of the target species, LIFE VIDALIA foresees a set of flora and fauna control methods that take into account the recent survey to target areas. The monitoring works carried out before the design of the project revealed several invasive species on the areas to be intervened, among which we highlight: Aptenia cordifolia, Arundo donax, Briza maxima, Carpobrotus edulis, Cynodon dactylon, Cyrtomium falcatum, Delairea odorata, Drosanthemum floribundum, Hedychium gardnerianum, Hydrangea macrophylla, Ipomoea indica, Metrosideros excelsa, Osteospermum fruticosum, Lotus pedunculatus, Paspalum dilatatum, Phytolacca americana, Pittosporum undulatum, Sporobolus africanus, Tamarix africana, Tetragonia tetragonoides, Oryctolagus cuniculus, Mus musculus, Rattus rattus, Rattus norvegicus.
In order to successfully achieve its goals against invasive flora species, the project will apply a combination of tested best practice control and pilot/demonstration control methods. The project also foresees the creation of new guidance for best control of:

Aptenia cordifolia
Cyrtomium falcatum
Drosanthemum floribundum
Paspalum vaginatum
Salpichroa origanifolia
Stenotaphrum secundatum
Tamarix africana
Tetragonia tetragonoides

Invasive fauna species mitigation will also be targeted since the project aims to deliver a substantial reduction of rodent density, especially rats (Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus), mice (Mus musculus) and rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), on the target areas. Its interventions will focus not only on the areas of natural flora populations but also on the surroundings, whenever local conditions are recommendable.