Events

Invasive non-native species and biocontrol training workshop

27 February 2020

Invasive non-native species and biocontrol training workshop
When: 27 February 2020

Where: Hadlow College, Tonbridge

Registration: register online here

From the event organisers:

As part of a South East RAPID LIFE Invasive Species project, join Medway Valley Countryside Partnership to learn about local invasive species.

Whilst invasive animals will be included in the introduction to the topic, plants will be the main emphasis of this workshop and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about local problem plants, the issues they cause and the pro's and cons of the various management options.

The workshop will introduce attendees to the topic of biocontrol and highlight the current and emerging biocontrol options being introduced and investigated by CABI.

This free workshop is a must for anyone studying a conservation and/or land management discipline or anyone who volunteers, works or spends time in the countryside and/or our local waterways.

Via Rapid Life funding, this workshop is free to attend and will include refreshments and a light lunch. Booking is essential. Find out more and book a place here. 

Sharing good practice event: protect your lochs from invasive non-native water plants

27 February 2020

Sharing good practice event: protect your lochs from invasive non-native water plants
When: 27 Feb 2020

Where: Battleby Conference Centre, Perth, Scotland

Register: events@nature.scot 

From the event organisers:

Aquatic invasive non-native species (INNS) can have significant adverse impacts on nature, people’s enjoyment of the outdoors, and the rural economy. Angling, for example, one of the biggest outdoor activities in the UK and an important source of income in many rural areas, can be affected by aquatic invasive species making casting difficult and choking outboard motors. Aquatic INNS also impact negatively upon biodiversity and ecosystem health - Canadian Pondweed, for example, is identified as contributing to the unfavourable condition of 62 designated sites in Scotland, and is considered a risk factor for Slender Naiad, a European Protected Species native to Scotland and included on the Scottish Biodiversity List.

Control of aquatic INNS is difficult due to the ability of these species to spread from small pieces of plant material, as well as restrictions on some types of control. The event will examine existing methods of control and their effectiveness; explore new approaches and techniques; and consider the best ways to engage with the public and stakeholders to prevent further spread.

This Sharing Good Practice event is run in partnership by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

The event is aimed at government agency staff, land owners, community groups and individuals with an interest in the control of non-native species in Scotland's lochs and ponds.

If you would like to attend, please contact the SNH Events Team at events@nature.scot 

This event is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The great garden escape

11 March 2020

The great garden escape
When: 2 June 2020

Where: Singleton Park, Swansea

Registration: register online here

From the event organisers:

Come along on this stroll to see how many problematic alien, exotic and invasive non-native species (INNS) you can spot growing in Swansea's Singleton Park and the Botanic Gardens. INNS are increasingly recognised as one of the biggest threats to our natural environment and major causes of global biodiversity loss as well as having a significant impact on the wider environment, society and the economy costing the world economy estimated at 5% of annual production.
Meet just inside Singleton Park on the Gower Road entrance for a prompt 10am departure! Part of Gower Walking Festival 2020. Find out more here

BES Invasion Science Meeting 2020

02 April 2020

BES Invasion Science Meeting 2020
Join the British Ecological Society's Special Interest Group in invasive species science a for a 1.5-day event exploring how tech and behaviour can be harnessed to tackle invasive species.

After the success of their first meeting, the group will now focus on three key areas in invasion science: the role of new technologies and innovation, social behaviour change and an early career researcher workshop, which will explore career paths inside and outside of academia in the world of invasion science.

Preliminary Programme:
  • Day 1. Technology and Innovation
  • Day 2.  Session 1 - Early Career Researchers
  • Day 2.  Session 2 - Behaviour and policy
Find out more: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/event/tech-behaviour-solutions-invasion-science/

Invasive Species Week 2020

18 May 2020

Invasive Species Week 2020
When: 18-22 May 2020

Where: Nationwide

Registration: Find out more about how to take part online

The sixth Invasive Species Week will take place from 18-22 May 2020. Organisations across England, Guernsey, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be working together to raise awareness of invasive non-native species, their impacts, and how everyone can help to prevent their spread. 

Find out how you can take part and register for email updates here.

Invasive Non-native Species Awareness Training

19 May 2020

Invasive Non-native Species Awareness Training
When: 19 May 2020

Where: National Botanic Garden of Wales

Registration: Register online here

From the event organisers:

Learn about the main issues of Invasive non-native species (INNS) in the UK and globally, including ID, control methods, legislation, recording and campaigns. Some prior knowledge of ecology would be useful. To be held during the 6th NNSS invasive species week 18-22 May 2020. 
£50 per person. Find out more here. 

International conference on urban pests

29 June 2020

International conference on urban pests
When: 29 June - 1 July 2020

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Registration: to follow

From the event organisers:

Building on the ICUP conferences that stretch right back to 1993, we are now delighted to announce the dates and initial details for the 10th International Conference on Urban Pests.

Once again, we are holding the conference in Europe, from 29 June –1 July 2020, at the prestigious Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona, Spain.

Since the close of the previous ICUP in Birmingham, our 2020 Organising Committee has been working hard on laying the foundations for what promises to be another stimulating and productive event.

We will be making further information on ICUP 2020 available shortly, including the call for papers and delegate registration, as soon as our conference website goes live.


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