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ISLAND INVADERS

We look into some of the species which now call the UK their home

Our ocean planet is speckled with islands and the ever-changing nature of Earth means that new islands are constantly being created and destroyed as the Earth’s tectonic plates snail towards, against or apart from each other. These islands can be thousands of miles from the nearest continent and many are still incredibly isolated.

However, as the human species has developed, the world seems to have become smaller and less diverse. The ease of world travel has enabled us to live in ways which were unimaginable just a few hundred years ago and although the benefits of globalisation are undeniable, our cross continental movements have also had an unexpected impact on our environment.

Human activities including trade, horticulture and farming have not only allowed us to travel to new places, but have opened up wildlife corridors for animals and plants to move between islands which were previously unreachable. Exploration seems to be part of human nature but since the industrial revolution, the scale, regularity and spatial reach of global travel is now so extensive that species movement is becoming a problem.

It is estimated that there are nearly two thousand invasive species in Great Britain, many of which are having a devastating impact on our native species.

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No matter how old I get, September makes me want to visit a stationery shop to buy a new notebook, an Oxford mathematics tin and sharpen all of my pencils. I always loved school and September marks the beginning of another year of learning; there is nothing better, in my opinion, than a shiny pencil case full of new pens, highlighters and a bright, pristine rubber. It’s been years since I was at school but I still love learning and learn something new every day – especially as a vegan, where your eyes are opened to hard truths regularly. So, in this month’s issue, we are having a back to school special where we look into chick hatching programmes, animal-friendly entertainment for children and some incredible packed lunch ideas that will have the other parents begging you for the recipes. I am also excited to share a collection of interviews with vegan athletes who are committed to showing the world that you don’t need to consume animal products to be at the top of your game. To accompany our interviews, our talented in-house chef has created some delicious recipes to power you before or after exercising without compromising on taste. My particular favourite is the deliciously simple key lime pie power balls which are, frankly, awesome. After such incredible feedback following our adoption special last month, we are tackling another controversial topic and are exploring invasive species – non-native plants and animals which now call the UK their home – and the prejudice that some invasives are encountering for merely following their natural instincts. We also take an in depth look at the process and impacts of the leather industry. This article would be perfect to share with friends and family who may still think that leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Finally, we met with the beautiful Lucy Watson to discuss the launch of her book and what veganism means to her. She was honest, open and incredibly chatty - the perfect interviewee.
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