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World conference on biological invasions and ecosystem functioning

World conference on biological invasions and ecosystem functioning
Biological invasions and ecosystem function.

Where Portugal
Where: 27th to 30th October 2009
More information: click here

SNH Sharing Good Practice

SNH Sharing Good Practice

Marine non-native species – responding to the threat.

Where Battleby, Scotland
Where: 27th October 2009


ISSG Conference on Island Invasives: Eradication and Management

ISSG Conference on Island Invasives: Eradication and Management
For the conference we will continue to have “islands” and “eradication of invasive species” as the focus, with emphasis on the work done and results or learning achieved.

Where: Tamaki campus, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
When: 8th - 12th February 2010.
More information: click here.

Robson Meeting 2010

Robson Meeting 2010

The Dolphin Hotel, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, February 9th and 10th, 2010

The 2010 Agenda and Proceedings are available here

Baroness Young of Old Scone will give a key note presentation on "Tomorrow's Challenges"


14-17 Sept 2010. NEOBIOTA: 6th European Conference on Biological Invasions.

14-17 Sept 2010.  NEOBIOTA: 6th European Conference on Biological Invasions.
The Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, is hosting the 6th European Conference on Biological Invasions NEOBIOTA -Biological Invasions in a Changing World - from Science to Management.

The organising committee is pleased to invite all those who are interested in invasive plants and animals, to register and to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations at the conference homepage.

The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is 15 March 2010
. The organising committee encourage early registration, since the conference will be limited to 300 participants.

Where:Copenhagen, Denmark
When:14-17 September 2010
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Deer Management 2010: 13-14 March 2010

Deer Management 2010: 13-14 March 2010
A Conference Organised by The Deer Initiative Partnership.

To see the full programme click here.
A booking form is available here.
A flyer for the conference is available here for you to download and circulate.

Where: Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, CV8 2LD
When: 13-14 March 2010
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2-4 Sept 2010. Ecology 2010 - Species introductions: ecological and socio-economical consequences.

The French symposium ‘Ecology 2010’, Montpellier (France), 2-4 September, will provide a session focusing on biological invasions, titled ‘Species introductions: ecological and socio-economical consequences’.  

The session will address three issues:
(i) the effects of climatic change on biological invasions,
(ii) the results of biological invasions on ecosystemic services, and
(iii) the socio-economic part of biological invasions.  

To submit communications and posters, please go to http://www.ecologie2010.fr/

Seventh Stakeholder Forum on Non-native Species 6/5/2010 London.

The Seventh Stakeholder Forum on Non-native Species will be held on Thursday 6th May 2010 at the IET London: Savoy Place.

This annual event is organised by the Secretariat, involving presentations, workshops and discussion sessions. Attendees are invited representatives from a wide range of sectors including industry and local action groups.

The forum is open for all stakeholders so if you would like to get involved and have your say please contact the secretariat

Click here for the programme for the day.



2-6 August 2010. 2nd Workshop on Invasive Alien Plants in Mediterranean Type Regions of the World

2-6 August 2010. 2nd Workshop on Invasive Alien Plants in Mediterranean Type Regions of the World
Where: Trabzon, Turkey
When: 2-6 August 2010
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The extended deadline to receive pre-registrations and abstracts is now 30th of April 2010.

26–29 October 2010. International workshop on "New approaches for assessing the impacts of non-native freshwater fishes in the Mediterranean region

First announcement and call for papers: International workshop on "New approaches for assessing the impacts of non-native freshwater fishes in the Mediterranean region.

26th – 29th October 2010 in Muğla, Turkey.

The workshop is intended to inform government departments concerned with the communication, management, regulation, mitigation and control of non-native freshwater fishes as well as anglers and professional fisherman who are likely to encounter or deal with non-native freshwater fishes.




13 May 2010 - Joint EPA and Invasive Species Ireland Forum 2010

13 May 2010 - Joint EPA and Invasive Species Ireland Forum 2010

Where: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
When: 13 May 2010
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Keynote Address In the revised programme, Dr Dick Shaw will open the forum with his keynote address on the “Biological control of Japanese knotweed”. 

Recent developments on invasive species in Ireland
Stakeholders will be presented with a series of talks on recent developments in invasive species monitoring; control; assessment of impacts; and prevention and containment in Ireland. The open discussion will focus on aquatic invasive species and the Water Framework Directive. Delegates will have the opportunity to input into the development of a monitoring and reporting strategy and guidance on preventing and containing aquatic introductions for Ireland. 

Invasive Species Ireland and the Technical Working Groups
The Technical Working Groups will now meet in the afternoon of the 13th. There will be five Technical Working Groups (terrestrial, freshwater, marine, education and awareness, and strategy and legislation) and this is the first opportunity for the groups to meet and discuss the Invasive Species Ireland - Phase 2 work programme and help guide outputs and priorities.


3-4 June 2010 - The Science of Biosecurity and Biosecuring Science

3-4 June 2010 - The Science of Biosecurity and Biosecuring Science
Where: Keele University
When: 3-4 June 2010
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The Native/Alien Paradigm

The philosophical underpinnings of the native/alien classification that support the biosecurity paradigm are of great interest.

Nativism is the foundation of much of contemporary conservation practice, and this is increasing with the current popularity of restoration and rewilding projects. It structures both policy and the publics' sanctioned relationships with 'nature'.

Nativism is, however, highly contested terrain, receiving critique and debate from a wide variety of stakeholders and academics. Debates about the definition of what is 'natural', and about the separation of humans and nature, take a specific and meaningful form in the biosecurity context.

Interrogating Nativism

We will invite discussion of language and definition, the suitability of classification criteria, the underpinning science, the pragmatic justifications for nativist policies, the ecological consequences, as well as the ideological assumptions and cultural motivations, including the degree to which the 'native good, aliens bad' discourse is a barrier to ethnic minority participation in environmental conservation.

Interrogating the scientific underpinnings of biosecurity policies will become increasingly important as the pressures of climate change demand a new paradigm in environmental management based on the challenges and opportunities of species' movement and flux. New knowledges and associated technologies are increasingly being brought to bear on questions of biosecurity, including climate modelling, risk analysis, and simulations.

This seminar series responds to this urgent need for a political, cultural and social examination of the sciences of biosecurity.

Biosecuring Science

Science does not simply 'inform' biosecurity, however, as the sciences themselves are increasingly subject to biosecurity requirements and framed as potential or actual biosecurity risks, as the 2007 Foot and Mouth Disease leak from Pirbright laboratory radically highlighted.

This seminar will therefore also reflect on the practices and implications of the 'biosecuring' of science.

24-27 August 2010. Workshop on biological invasions - towards general rules across taxa

24-27 August 2010.  Workshop on biological invasions - towards general rules across taxa
24th - 27th August 2010

Registration deadline: 12th July 2010

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/biologicalinvasions/

Keynote speakers
  • David Richardson, University of Stellenbosch
  • Petr Pyšek, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • Jonathan Jeschke, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich & Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Tim Blackburn, ZSL Institute of Zoology
  • Ingolf Kühn, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
The workshop venue will be Hotel Regina in Mürren, a beautiful and car-free mountain village in the Swiss Alps, about 75 km south of Bern.



7-8 December 2010. What makes an alien invasive? Risk and policy responses.

7-8 December 2010.  What makes an alien invasive? Risk and policy responses.
ASSOCIATION OF APPLIED BIOLOGISTS

7th - 8th December 2010

Deadline for call for papers: 31st July 2010

The George Hotel, Edinburgh

Register online here

More information

9 October 2010: The Green Blue Conference - Save Energy, Save Money, Improve Performance

9 October 2010: The Green Blue Conference - Save Energy, Save Money, Improve Performance
The Green Blue Conference 2010 'Save Energy, Save Money, Improve Performance'

Date: Saturday 9th October 2010, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: GTG Training Centre, 1330 South Street, Glasgow G14 0BJ

The Green Blue, the environment programme for the RYA and BMF, are running their annual conference in Glasgow for the first time this year thanks to the kind support of GTG Training and SNH.

The agenda covers a range of topics which aim to improve your understanding of the marine environment and how boating impacts upon it. Speakers will cover topics as diverse as marine and environmental legislation, non native species, energy efficiency in clubs and wildlife crime, how to avoid it and how to report it.

This one day event is a very low cost way of getting up to speed on a range of important issues, including how to teach section 14 of the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus, ‘The Environment’ and how to save money by improving efficiency.

Booking form is available here.


Book your place now to avoid disappointment, send the completed booking form to:  Scotland@thegreenblue.org.uk or call 0844 556 9544 for more information.


24 November 2010. Non-native Species: Responding to the challenges

24 November 2010.  Non-native Species: Responding to the challenges
Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

"This workshop aims to inform all sectors about the challenges and practicalities of dealing with non-native species and to discuss measures that can be taken to reduce against the costs that these species have on both our financial and environmental assets."

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3-5 February 2011. Second International Congress “Problematic Wildlife: Conservation and Management”

3-5 February 2011.  Second International Congress  “Problematic Wildlife: Conservation and Management”

Where: Genazzano (Rome, Italy) – Castello Colonna

Exclusively on mammals and birds.

Congress includes different symposia, and they will be on:

1. Wind farms and wildlife
2. Wildlife and land management (agriculture, forestry)
3. Human activity, urbanization and fauna (land fragmentation, habitat  erosion)
4. Management of species in protected areas and possible interventions (e.g. selective hunting , capture, etc.)
5. Invasive species and species in decline
6. Genetic characterization of  vanishing species
7. Introductions, reintroductions and restocking


Invasive Marine Aliens of Britain and Ireland

10 February 2011

Invasive Marine Aliens of Britain and Ireland
Date: 10 February 2011
Location: Linnaean Society, London
Website: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/marine_aliens/latest_news.php

To register your interest in this event, please contact: Guy Baker email: guba@mba.ac.uk
Tel: 01752 633244

More details about this event will be made available soon.

Robson Meeting on Annual Aquatic Weed Ecology and Control

15 February 2011

Robson Meeting on Annual Aquatic Weed Ecology and Control
Annual aquatic weed ecology and control conferences.

Visit the website for more information and to complete a registration form.

Website: www.robsonmeeting.org

Venue:
The Dolphin Hotel, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Date: 15/16 February 2011

Non-Native Marine Species Awareness Training (South Wales)

16 February 2011

Non-Native Marine Species Awareness Training (South Wales)
Venue: Dale, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3RD
Date: 16 February 2011
Time: 0900 to 1600 (lunch provided; please advise on dietary requirements)
To book contact: suebalkwill@hotmail.com or tel: 01646 651173

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FREE a lab based training day to anyone working for governmental and non-governmental organisations, local authorities, contractors and consultants in Wales. Maximum 50 places, first come first served!

The aim is to raise awareness, aid identification skills and pass on best practice guidance in how to control a range of non-native species.

Included are presentations by Professor C. Maggs of Queens University Belfast and Dr. John Ryland Swansea University.

There will be a similar free non native species training day in North Wales (date to be decided but in early March sometime) at the School of Ocean Sciences.

Please contact Jack Edgerton (info@marine-ecosol.com) about this course

Non-Native Marine Species Awareness Training (North Wales)

03 March 2011

Non-Native Marine Species Awareness Training (North Wales)
Venue: Dennis Crisp Suite, School of Ocean Sciences, Menai Bridge, Anglesey. LL59 5AB.
Date: 03 March 2011
Time: 0900 to 1600 (lunch provided; please advise on dietary requirements)
To book contact: info@marine-ecosol.com or call 01248 712277

Download the flier

Free lab based training day to anyone working for governmental and nongovernmental organisations, local authorities, contractors and consultants in Wales. Maximum 50 places, first come first served!

The aim is to raise awareness, aid identification skills and pass on best practice guidance in how to control a range of non-native species.

There will be a similar free non native species training day in South Wales 16th February at Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire. Please contact Sue Balkwill (suebalkwill@hotmail.com) about this course.

2nd International Invasive Bird Conference, Cape Town.

07 March 2011

This conference has been cancelled - further information.

IEEM Spring Conference 2011 – Invasive Species: New Natives in a Changing Climate?

23 March 2011

IEEM Spring Conference 2011 – Invasive Species: New Natives in a Changing Climate?

If you would like to present a paper at the conference please contact nickjackson@ieem.net for further information.

Further information:
http://www.ieem.net/ieem-spring-conference-2011


Identifying invasive plants and other training courses from PTYXIS Ecology

25 May 2011

PTYXIS Ecology offer several short low cost training courses

For full course details contact:
Email: enquiries@ptyxis.com
Tel: 01434 321199

For past student testimonials, see www.ptyxis.com/training.html

Next courses:
Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Mon 11th & Tues 12th April 2011 - Newcastle

Identifying Invasive Plants on Schedule 9
Course outline
Wed 25th May 2011 – Kendal
Fri 27th May 2011 – Newcastle

Registration form with all course dates for 2011

Third Sector GB Invasive Non Native Species & Biosecurity Planning Conference led by RAFTS and ART

07 June 2011

Third Sector GB Invasive Non Native Species & Biosecurity Planning Conference led by RAFTS and ART
Third Sector GB Invasive Non Native Species & Biosecurity Planning Conference led by RAFTS and ART

Tuesday 7th June 2011 at Fishmongers Hall, London.

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The conference seeks to raise awareness of the role played by the third sector and involve Government and its Agencies in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland where they work with Rivers and Fisheries Trusts in a wide range of collaborative projects, to set out a strategy and a way forward to provide seamless catchment based biosecurity planning and accompanying action across the UK.

ART and RAFTS will present the findings of a GB study on action taken by Rivers Trusts in partnership over recent years (with case studies) and set out our current programme of biosecurity planning in Scotland with pilots now running in England. The conference and the united action proposed is being supported by the major angling and fisheries groups including Angling Trust, Salmon & Trout Association, Riverfly Life, (Anglers Monitoring Initiative), Wild Trout Trust and Atlantic Salmon Trust.

British Ecological Society - Emerging issues in invasive species science and management

16 June 2011

British Ecological Society - Emerging issues in invasive species science and management
Venue: Harper Adams University College
Date: 16 June 2011
Submission deadline: 29 April 2011
Registration deadline:
27 May 2011

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The Invasive Species Specialist Group of the British Ecological Society is holding its annual conference on emerging issues in all aspects of the ecological science and applied management of invasive alien species. Contributions from both academia and the conservation sector are encouraged, as the group aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between research and application at all levels.  

The organisers would like to encourage the presentation of:  

Original research:
  • Research in progress, especially from early career researchers and postgraduate students
  • Practitioner management and control case studies
Papers may be submitted for full presentations (15 minutes plus questions) or posters.  

Abstract submission:

Paper submissions - Abstracts of no more than 300 words (plus title, authors and affiliations)  

Poster submissions - Abstracts of no more than 150 words (plus title, authors and affiliations)  

Submissions are to be sent to the organising committee at invasive@britishecologicalsociety.org by Friday 29th April 2011.  

Attending the conference

If you are interested in attending the conference, please download and complete a registration form and send to the address provided. The deadline for registration is Friday 27th May 2011.

The standard delegate rate for the day is £35. Fees include delegate information packs, attendance in all sessions, refreshments and lunches.

The 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Sydney, Australia

20 June 2011

The 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Sydney, Australia
Date: 20-23 June 2011

Security from the impact of vertebrate pest animals.

The Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference is a not-for-profit event held every three years to bring together researchers, managers, students and policy makers dealing with pest animals. In 2011 the 15th meeting will be held at the spectacular Dockside Convention Centre, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia. The meeting is convened by the multigovernment Vertebrate Pests Committee and will be hosted by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the New South Wales Department of Industry and Investment. Anyone working in the area or interested in animal control should plan on attending. New tools and methodologies will be discussed as well as the vital community aspects of pest animal control. Animal welfare and community attitudes to human-wildlife conflicts will be explored. Your participation is welcomed.
  • Call for Papers is now open - click here
  • Early Bird Registrations Open shortly.
  • Plenary Speakers finalised and contributed papers close: February 2011
  • Sponsorship open: Act now
Read more about the proposed Scientific Program.


Fish diversity and conservation: current state of knowledge

18 July 2011

Fish diversity and conservation: current state of knowledge
Date: 18-22 July 2011

Find out more on their website: http://www.fsbi.org.uk/2011/index.html

The erosion of biological diversity at local and global scales has become so serious that The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) has shown that human populations have never impacted the 'web of life' as much as during the last fifty years.

In particular, aquatic ecosystems and fish communities have suffered from habitat loss, species introductions and unsustainable harvesting, which has resulted in substantial changes in fish community structure, species population status and, ultimately, ecosystem function. However, at a global scale, impact assessments, the state of knowledge and policy frameworks are extremely variable, and there is more than ever a need for science to underpin conservation efforts.

Consequently, the conference themes aim to establish a pan-continental base of knowledge and to provide scientific evidence towards the development of sustainable conservation for fish communities. Biological, behavoural and genetic responses of fish will be amongst the many indicators presented as evidence of ecological impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Rehabitation/restoration programmes and policy frameworks will be presented as examples of fish conservation in action.

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles invites you to its annual, international conference on "Fish Diversity and Conservation: Current state of knowledge" to take part in the debate.

Themes:
  • Trends in global fish diversity
  • Understanding fish behaviour to achieve conservation
  • Linking habitat management to fish conservation
  • The role of introduced species in the decline of fish diversity
  • The role of policies in support of global fish conservation
  • Genetic and evolutionary perspective of fish conservation

Seventh International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions

23 August 2011

Seventh International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions
When: August 23-25, 2011

Where: Cosmo Caixa in Barcelona, Spain

The Seventh International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions will be held at Cosmo Caixa in Barcelona, Spain, August 23-25, 2011. The purpose is to examine marine bioinvasion drivers, patterns, distribution, invasion impacts on ecosystems, and monitoring, risk assessment, management, biology and ecology of invasive species.  It will provide a forum for workers to discuss invasions in the world’s oceans. 

Papers will be encouraged along the following or related themes:
  • Development and tests of invasion theory
  • Drivers of invasibility
  • Patterns of invasion and spread at local, regional, and global scales
  • Impact of bioinvasions on ecosystem structure and function, including the biology and ecology of invasive species
  • New tools for identification, monitoring, risk assessment, and managementKeynote speakers and specific sessions will address these themes as well as emerging issues.Please check the home page for more up-to-date information on deadlines, information for presenters, etc.
Find out more: Seventh International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions

The 11th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

30 August 2011

The 11th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions
The 11th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasion - Bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and management practice.

Szombathely, Hungary

30th August - 3rd September 2011.

For further details please visit the following website: http://www.emapi2011.org

The 'Call for Abstracts' is now available. Abstracts may be submitted via the online abstract submission system only.


Marine invasive species identification workshop (SAMS)

14 September 2011

Marine invasive species identification workshop (SAMS)
Course location: Scottish Marine Institute, Oban PA37 1QA

Course dates: 14-15 Sep 2011

This two-day course introduces participants to a range of invasive marine species found in UK waters and the various options that exist for the management and control of these species. The course is led by Dr Liz Cook who has extensive experience in the field of marine invasives.

This course is particularly relevant for people working in the marine environment including in environment agencies, consultancies, aquaculture industry, offshore renewables sector, ports and harbours authorities, undergraduate or post-graduate marine science and ecology students and any other interested parties.

Full details of the course



Keeping up to date with non-native species

21 September 2011

Keeping up to date with non-native species
This workshop offers an exciting opportunity to learn about the challenges and practicalities of dealing with non-native species in the UK and to discuss measures that are or could be taken to reduce the costs that these species have on both our financial and environmental assets.

The day provides a valuable opportunity to :
  • understand how to overcome the practicalities and challenges of non-native species
  • network and share experiences across different fields of invasive species ecology and management
Topics for this years workshop include :
  • Building and maintaining partnerships within large scale projects
  • Non-native species in the water environment - where now in both freshwater and marine systems?
  • Implications for insurance and mortgages
  • Approaches to landscape scale non-native species management with talks from RAFTS and the Essex Biodiversity Project
  • Updates on the ones to look out for including Water Primrose and Asian Hornet
Further details for 'Keeping up to date with non-native species'

Aliens Among Us - Free invasive species awareness training day (Falkirk)

12 October 2011

Aliens Among Us - Free invasive species awareness training day (Falkirk)

When: Wednesday 12th October 9.45-4.30

Where: Grangemouth Town Hall, Bo’ness Road

Download the training day flier.

The Falkirk Invasive Species Forum (FISF) has been set up to help progress action to control invasive non-native species across the Falkirk Council area. Its members include interested community groups, landowners, businesses, environmental agencies, statutory bodies and Falkirk Council. Communities Along the Carron Association is a volunteer group working to regenerate the River Carron.

These two groups have joined forces to sponsor a public education event to be held from 9.45am to 4.30pm at the Grangemouth Town Hall on Wednesday 12th October, entitled “Aliens Among Us! Invasive Species Awareness Training Day”. Includes classes, experts, case studies, information stalls & networking buffet lunch. Focus on Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed and other local invasive species. This event is being funded by Falkirk Environment Trust and Falkirk Council Development Services.

FREE EVENT! ALL WELCOME! Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested. 


Sharing Good Practice (SNH) - Implementing the WANE Act

13 October 2011

Sharing Good Practice (SNH) - Implementing the WANE Act

The 1st Annual invasive non-native species workshop - Implementing the WANE Act

When: Thursday 13 October 2011

Where: Battleby Conference Centre

Who is it for?

This event will be of interest to anyone dealing with the challenge of invasive non-native species especially local action groups, community groups and volunteers as well as staff from government agencies, local authorities, NGOs and land managers

What is it about?

The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 has significantly changed the law in Scotland in relation to non-native species. This event will explore what these changes mean in practice and what the role of government agencies, NGOs and community groups will be to ensure that future prevention, eradication and control effort is as effective as possible.

In partnership with SG, SEPA, MS and FCS

Download: Sharing Good Practice - Implementing the WANE Act flier

Download: registration form


BIOLIEF 2011 - 2nd World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning

21 November 2011

BIOLIEF 2011 - 2nd World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning
Date: 21-24 November 2011Registration deadline: 30th June 2011
To be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

For more information about this meeting, visit the Biolief 2011 website.

Or follow Biolief 2011 on Facebook for news and updates .

Guidance for Invasive Non-Native Species Local Action Groups: How to put together your bid to Defra

15 February 2012

Guidance for Invasive Non-Native Species Local Action Groups: How to put together your bid to Defra

A one-day workshop in London on Wednesday 15 February 2012

Defra is inviting Local Action Groups (LAGs) to submit applications for funding during 2012/13 to support work on tackling invasive non-native species. A workshop will be held on Wednesday 15 February 2012 to help LAGs prepare their funding applications. The workshop will include a presentation by Defra on the need to tackle invasive non-native species, explaining the government’s policy approach to stopping their spread and placing the work of LAGs in the GB context.

Representatives of the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat will outline the national ‘Be Plant Wise’ and ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ campaigns which LAGs are encouraged to promote at the local level. Delegates will hear presentations by the Norfolk Non-native Invasive Species Initiative Co-ordinator and the New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer describing the work of these two successful LAGs.

Guidance will be provided on what Defra are looking for in successful funding applications. There will be plenty of opportunities for delegates to ask questions and, following a buffet lunch, the afternoon will include informal sessions in small discussion groups.

For further information and to book a place please contact Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer, on CatherineC@hwt.org.uk or 023 8042 4205. 


Robson Meeting on Annual Aquatic Weed Ecology and Control

28 February 2012

Robson Meeting on Annual Aquatic Weed Ecology and Control

When: 28-29 February 2012

Where: The Dolphin Hotel, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Robson Meeting on Annual Aquatic Weed Ecology and Control Annual aquatic weed ecology and control conferences.

Visit the website for more information and to complete a registration form.

Website: www.robsonmeeting.org


RPS Ecology training courses 2012

08 March 2012

RPS Ecology training courses 2012

When: various dates from March - June 2012

RPS Ecology are running training courses on Invasive Non-native Plant Species and Water Plants including:

  • Identification and Management of Invasive Non-Native Plants: Dealing with Schedule 9 Plant Species
  • Japanese Knotweed: Identification and Site Assessment
  • Giant Hogweed: The Control and Prevention of a Pernicious Weed
  • Japanese Knotweed: Developing a Management Plan
  • Japanese Knotweed: Advanced Management Workshop
  • Identification and Management of Aquatic Plants for Landscaping and Gardening
  • Water Plants for Garden Centre Staff

Further information: RPS Ecology training courses 2012

Booking form: RPS booking form


Taking Practical Action in Straitened Times: Protecting, Managing and Promoting Scotland’s Rivers

29 March 2012

Taking Practical Action in Straitened Times: Protecting, Managing and Promoting Scotland’s Rivers

Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland and Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (Annual Conference 2012)

Date: Thursday 29 March 2012,

Venue: The Battleby Institute, Perth


Fisheries Trusts and District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs) individually, together or with RAFTS or ASFB are undertaking a range of practical actions to protect and manage Scotland’s iconic and valuable aquatic environments, fish and fisheries. The difficult financial times mean that this work is, increasingly, being delivered with others and new partnerships with Government, the public sector and other partners are essential.


This conference will include presentations from fisheries trust and DSFB staff and invited speakers to show some of the wide range of actions and initiatives underway in order to better protect, manage and promote the use of our rivers for all and to tackle a range of threats to their quality.


Download booking form for Taking Practical Action in Straitened Times


Queen Mary University - Symposium on Aquatic Invaders

16 April 2012

Queen Mary University - Symposium on Aquatic Invaders

Symposium on Aquatic Invaders at Queen Mary University of London in partnership with the Environment Agency.

When: 16th April 2012

Where: Queen Mary University, London

Sessions on invasive species management, risk assessment and invasive crayfish in the Thames Catchment. With speakers from Bournemouth University, WildCRU at Oxford and the Natural History Museum. April 16th 2012. Email m.jackson@qmul.ac.uk to register.

Download: poster and directions

Symposium on Aquatic Invaders at Queen Mary University of London in partnership with the Environment Agency. Sessions on invasive species management, risk assessment and invasive crayfish in the Thames Catchment. With speakers from Bournemouth University, WildCRU at Oxford and the Natural History Museum. April 16th 2012. Email m.jackson@qmul.ac.uk to register.


Cheshire Wildlife Trust - Invasive Non-Native Species Biosecurity Workshop 2012

18 April 2012

Cheshire Wildlife Trust - Invasive Non-Native Species Biosecurity Workshop 2012

Venue: Chester Zoo

Date: Wednesday 18th April 2012

Flier: Cheshire Wildlife Trust - Invasive Non-Native Species Biosecurity Workshop 2012

Registration form: Cheshire Wildlife Trust - Invasive Non-Native Species Biosecurity Workshop 2012 (registration form)

Cheshire Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales and Chester Zoo, are holding the 2nd Invasive Non-Native Species Biosecurity Workshop at Chester Zoo on Wednesday 18th April 2012.

  • National biosecurity policy
  • Biosecurity Action Plans
  • Chinese Mitten Crab
  • This years workshop includes
  • Invasive plant id
  • Biosecurity risk assessments
  • Practical biosecurity techniques

This workshop is free to attend but spaces are limited so register now to avoid disappointment
Contact Lyn on 01948 820728 or email LByrne@cheshirewt.org.uk

Come along to find out more about biosecurity and current action plus find out how you can incorporate it into your day to day working practices with ease. 


Japanese Knotweed Solutions Limited seminar: 150 years of Japanese Knotweed

02 May 2012

Japanese Knotweed Solutions Limited seminar: 150 years of Japanese Knotweed

When:Wednesday 2nd May 2011

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

From the event organisers:

"This year, Japanese Knotweed Solutions are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and to mark the occasion are holding a seminar focusing on the History of Japanese Knotweed Management and Eradication over the last 150 Years.

As we are sure you are aware, Japanese Knotweed is one of the most damaging invasive species to have arrived in the UK. It was introduced from Asia to Europe in the early nineteenth century as an ornamental and fodder plant. In its native Japan, the plant presents little problem due to natural controls that have evolved to co-exist alongside the plant, providing a natural brake to its spread. However in Britain it has no natural control and is now recognised as the country’s most invasive species. Its vigorous growth can cause damage to buildings, paving and hard surfaces, rivers and railways. It is also massively damaging to our native biodiversity, growing to the preclusion of all of our British plants.

Recent statements by mortgage lenders and refusal to lend on properties affected by Japanese Knotweed have raised the profile of the plant to new heights. News articles have featured properties blighted by knotweed and house values have been shown to diminish when the plant is found. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have been keen to clarify the issues involved and are to produce a new advisory note in March 2011.

With this new found notoriety, Japanese Knotweed Solutions feel that a review is required and are proposing a seminar to cover a variety of issues including, Initial introduction and establishment of Japanese Knotweed in the UK, Code of Practice and Wildlife and Countryside Act, Management Strategies, Eradication techniques 1981–2011+, The American experience – Japanese Knotweed, Council of Mortgage Lenders update, Trade body, Psyllid Aphid update and Case studies."

Event details: 150 years of JK event details

Booking form: 150 years of JK booking form

Website: http://www.jksl.com/events_detail-10.htm


Invertebrates associated with invasive alien organisms

16 August 2012

Invertebrates associated with invasive alien organisms

When: August 16–18, 2012 

Where: Riga, Latvia

Download form: Invertebrates associated with invasive alien organisms

Conference topics:

  • Invasive alien organism influence on native invertebrate fauna and diversity
  • Invertebrates as followers of invasive and other alien organisms
  • Native and invasive invertebrates – Competition
  • Invasive and other alien invertebrates in their non-native distribution range
  • Invertebrates as biological control agents of invasive organisms
  • Alien invertebrates – from biological control agents to invasive species
  • Invertebrates – feeders and parasites of invasive and other alien organisms


Invasive organisms and globalisation

20 August 2012

Invasive organisms and globalisation

When: August 20-23, 2012

Where: Riga, Latvia

Download form: Invasive organisms and globalisation

Conference topics:

  • Invasive alien organism influence on native biodiversity
  • Bioinvasion ecology and prognoses of potential invaders
  • Competition between native and invasive organisms
  • Distribution of invasive and other alien organisms in their non-native areas
  • Biological, chemical and mechanical control of invasive organisms
  • Invasive alien organisms and official politics in country / international level

Free marine invasive species ID workshop from the Clyde Forum, Scotland

23 August 2012

Free marine invasive species ID workshop from the Clyde Forum, Scotland

Free marine invasive species ID workshop from the Clyde Forum, Scotland:

"Following on from the publication of the Biosecurity Plan, The Firth of Clyde Forum (http://www.clydeforum.com/) are publishing a guide to marine invasive non-native species (INNS) in the Clyde. To help people to use the guide and increase reporting of INNS we are organising 2 FREE identification training sessions.
 
The sessions are identical and facilitated by the Scottish Association for Marine Science. They will run on the 23rd of August at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club from 1-4 pm and 6-9pm, refreshments included.
 
The sessions will be non technical and no previous knowledge is required. We are aiming for an audience of people who regularly see the bottom of boats and under the water e.g. aquaculture managers, boat yard operators and divers. Other groups include marina managers and yacht clubs or special interest groups who do beach/coastline surveys."

All are welcome, but priority will be given to those working or living close the Clyde.

Contact Sarah Brown for more details.


NEOBIOTA 2012 - Halting Biological Invasions in Europe: from Data to Decisions

12 September 2012

NEOBIOTA 2012 - Halting Biological Invasions in Europe: from Data to Decisions

7th European Conference on Biological Invasions

Pontevedra (Spain), 12-14 September 2012

THEME AND BACKGROUND

The progressing and escalating threats posed by invasive alien species in Europe suggest that immediate cooperative, specific planning is necessary if we are to have any chance to halt biodiversity loss. Scientific, technical, political and legal actions need to be put in place urgently in order to diminish the ecological and economic impacts of biological invasions.

In this framework, NEOBIOTA 2012 will provide an international high-level forum to incorporate research into decision making processes and management of invasive alien species. NEOBIOTA will constitute an important opportunity to advance the dialogue and strengthen cooperation between the scientific community, conservation agencies, stake-holders, and policy and decision makers.

Researchers, representatives from governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and any person or party involved in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management are invited to participate and share ideas, new results and opinions in the field of biological invasions.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

  • Impacts of biological invasions
  • Management of biological invasions
  • Ecology of biological invasions
  • Evolution of biological invasions


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Darren Kriticos - CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. Canberra, Australia.

David M. Richardson - Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Gregory Ruiz
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Edgewater (Maryland), USA.


5th Highland Invasive Species Forum

28 September 2012

5th Highland Invasive Species Forum

The 5th Highland Invasive Species Forum will be held on Friday the 28th of September at the NTS Glencoe Visitor Centre (www.glencoe-nts.org.uk/Visitor-Centre-g.asp)

The meeting will have an indoor session in the morning and a site visit in the afternoon, looking at local sites where INNS work has taken place.

The programme for the event will be sent out a month before the Forum itself. The theme of the day will be Biosecurity and Raid Response Protocols.


SAMS Marine invasive species identification workshop

04 October 2012

SAMS Marine invasive species identification workshop

When:4th & 5th October 2012

Where: SAMS, Oban PA37 1QA

More information: http://www.sams.ac.uk/education/short-courses/marine-invasive-species

This two-day course introduces you to a range of invasive species found in UK waters, and the various options that exist for the management and control of these species.

Ideally suited to marine environment workers, for example environment agencies / consultancies, the aquaculture industry, offshore renewables, ports and harbour authorities, undergraduate or post-graduate marine science and ecology students, the course will cover:

  • Economic, environmental and societal impacts of invasive species
  • Techniques for field collection and rapid surveys
  • Eradication and control methods

The course is led by Dr Liz Cook; a biologist involved in national research for the NERC Oceans 2025 project and Marine Aliens programme to determine the invasibility of marine systems and any associated impacts for our global ecosystems.

For further information and booking details, please:


SNH Sharing Good Practice invasive non-native species – 2nd Annual Workshop

30 October 2012

SNH Sharing Good Practice invasive non-native species – 2nd Annual Workshop

When30th October 2012

Where: Battleby Conference Centre. Battleby, Redgorton, PERTH, PH1 3EW

Organisers: Scottish Natural Heritage, in partnership with Scottish Government, SEPA, Marine Scotland and FCS.

Cost: Standard Price: £35, Student/Senior Citizen: £17.50, volunteers and community groups free of charge.

Flier: Sharing Good Practice 2012 flier

Booking form: Sharing Good Practice 2012 booking form

Who is it for?

This event is targeted at public body, local authority and NGO staff as well as land and water managers and their representative bodies.

What is it about?

From 2nd July 2012 Scotland is set to have the most wide ranging non-native species legislation in Europe. The new law places a focus on biosecurity. This event will explore how this will work in practice and the role that stakeholders will play.

What will you gain from attending?

An increased understanding of the new legislation and how it will work in practice. An opportunity to share and learn from others’ experiences in the biosecurity and control of invasive, non-native species.

Content:

Presentations, case studies and workshops looking at the new legislation, updates on progress since last year’s event and the sharing of experience and ideas.

Topics will include: potential funding opportunities, awareness raising, co-ordination of effort and  stakeholder engagement.


Booking: To book a place, please complete the booking form which should be returned to sgp@snh.gov.uk as soon as possible and no later than Friday 5th October, or post to SGP Administrator, Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth PH1 3EW


Species Action Framework Conference 2012

22 November 2012

Species Action Framework Conference 2012

When: 22 - 23rd November 2012

Where: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Download form: http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A715481.pdf

Scotland's five year Species Action Framework (SAF) programme ended in March this year. This unique programme has advanced conservation and management action for 32 of Scotland's select species - including beaver, red squirrel, sea eagle, capercaillie, freshwater pearl mussel, great yellow bumblebee and woolly willow and invasive non-native species such as North American signal crayfish.

The Species Action Framework Conference is being held to highlight the results, pass on experiences and look ahead at what needs to be done. A wide range of activities will be covered spanning on-the-ground conservation, tackling species conflicts and non-native invasives, and developing novel approaches to sustainable use and management.

An array of different speakers will be present. Some will give keynote talks, whilst the bulk will be specialists and practitioners reporting work done on the SAF species. There will be presentations on topics ranging from woolly willow to pine hoverflies, beavers to vendace, hazel gloves fungus to American mink.

The conference will be an excellent opportunity to share and pass on the approaches used during SAF. It is hoped that at a later date a management handbook will be published summarising the experience gained and key results of the SAF programme.

For more information see the website


Local Action Group Workshop 2013

29 January 2013

Local Action Group Workshop 2013

When: 29 - 30th January 2013

Where: Preston Montford FSC Centre, Shropshire

Contact: nnss@fera.gsi.gov.uk

All Local Action Group representatives are invited to come along to the next Local Action Group Workshop to share experiences and ideas.  Places are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible to register your interest.


Source to Sea Annual Meeting

05 February 2013

Source to Sea Annual Meeting
When: 5th February 2013

Where: Salisbury Guildhall, Crown Court Room

Contact: sourcetosea@wiltshirewildlife.org

From the event organiser:

Since 2011 our surveyors have walked over 300km of the river and collected more than 2000 records of invasive non-native plants on the River Avon!

Please follow the link for an invitation to our Annual Meeting on Tuesday 5th February in Salisbury Guildhall, where you can find out:

  • More about species such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, American skunk cabbage, parrot’s feather and crayfish…
  • …and other species that could pose a threat in the future, such as killer shrimp
  • Where we have found these species on the River Avon catchment
  • How big the problem is on the River Avon catchment
  • How we are planning to tackle the problem
  • How you can help us save the Avon from the threat of invasive non-native species

Tea, coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited so please contact Samantha Stork to book a place.

Phone:
(01380) 725670

Email
: sourcetosea@wiltshirewildlife.org

Address:
Source to Sea, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Elm Tree Court, Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NJ

Conference on “New Zealand Pygmyweed: Tackling the Challenge”

20 March 2013

Conference on “New Zealand Pygmyweed: Tackling the Challenge”

When: Wednesday 20 March 2013

Where: Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, UK, SO42 7RY

Contact: CatherineC@hwt.org.uk

Since its introduction to Europe, New Zealand pygmyweed Crassula helmsii has become a highly invasive non-native plant which is notoriously difficult to control and eradicate. The New Forest Non-Native Plants Project is hosting a one-day conference on this problematic species, for land owners, land managers, naturalists and ecologists. This will provide an opportunity to share experience and to find out about a wide range of control techniques which have been tried in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. The RINSE (Reducing the Impact of Invasive Species in Europe) Project is providing financial support for this event.

View the conference programme here

Places are limited and booking is essential. To book a place please contact Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer at CatherineC@hwt.org.uk or telephone 023 8042 4205.


BES Non-native Species Management Symposium

25 March 2013

BES Non-native Species Management Symposium

When: 25th March 2013

Where: University of Worcester

Programme and Booking Form:BES Non-native Species Management Symposium Programme and Booking Form

Non-native species, and the issues they create, are becoming more prominent within the UK conservation sector. This symposium aims to explore the issues surrounding the presence of non-native species in the UK and examine case studies of how such species have, are being, or are proposed to be managed in UK conservation settings.

This symposium aims to provide an opportunity for scientists and practitioners to share successful practice and the results of research to better enable future successful management.


Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy (FINS)

08 April 2013

Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy (FINS)

When: 8th to 11th April 2013

Where: Galway Bay Hotel and Conference Centre, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

Website: www.finsconference.ie

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC) will host an international conference that will address key topics relating to freshwater invasive species and harmful aquatic pathogens.

The primary objective of the conference is to provide a forum where international scientists, policy makers and stakeholders will address designated themes with a view to informing management and policy development in this increasingly important area. The themes that will provide the focus for deliberations during the conference will be:

  • Policy & Strategy
  • Biosecurity
  • Management
  • Economics

Invited experts from around the globe will address the above themes, with ample time given to panel discussion. Workshop sessions led by the keynote speakers and other experts, as required, will provide the main focus of the conference and will be arranged to facilitate involvement of all delegates in relatively small groups. Synthesis sessions will aim to draw firm conclusions from the discussions and put forward concrete recommendations that will inform both national and international policy makers.

Call for Abstracts

While the oral presentations will be given by invited speakers, posters that address the themes listed above will form an integral part of the conference proceedings, increasing the opportunity for networking during the conference. The Organising Committee invites abstracts of posters, no more than 300 words, to be submitted to the conference website (www.finsconference.ie) by 14th December 2012.


18th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

21 April 2013

18th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

When: 21-25 April, 2013

Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Download form: ICAIS information, booking form and call for abstracts

The Invasive Species Centre is hosting the 18th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species that will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, April 21-25, 2013.

This conference series is widely considered the most comprehensive international forum on aquatic invasive species and continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues.

Sessions and presentations include the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and mechanisms to raise awareness with the general public through education and outreach initiatives.

In recent years the conference has typically involved over 400 participants from over 30 countries, representing academia, industry, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in the issues. Many are seeking opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to address AIS issues from a global perspective.


23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting

12 May 2013

23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting

When: 12th to 16th May 2013

Where: Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC), Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, UK

Website: http://glasgow.setac.eu/home/?contentid=570&pr_id=569

The task of protecting the global environment whilst also enabling the innovative use of chemicals and other substances in new technologies, industry or agriculture is a grand challenge. For SETAC, this is a challenge we relish, and finding innovative solutions to environmental issues is ever more important in the current economic climate. This international conference brings together experts from government, industry, consultancy, and academia together to meet this challenge. The conference will show case cutting edge, high quality science that informs on environmental risk assessments as well as policy – and in the end, on how we all look after our planet.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for the following session:

Title: Aquatic and terrestrial plant ecology, ecotoxicology and risk assessment

Chairs: Jo Davies (Syngenta, UK) and Gertie Arts (Alterra, NL)

Session Description

Plants are key structural and functional components of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and form the basis of many food webs. The adequate protection of plant communities from adverse chemical impacts must be ensured via appropriate chemical risk assessment schemes. This session is an initiative of the SETAC Aquatic Macrophyte Ecotoxicology Advisory Group (AMEG) and welcomes scientific contributions in the fields of aquatic and terrestrial plant ecology and ecotoxicology as related to understanding chemical impacts and supporting risk assessments. In addition, this session provides a platform for contributions relating to the use of aquatic plants in phytoremediation, as well as the control of invasive aquatic and riparian plant species. Abstracts may cover algae, higher aquatic plants and terrestrial plants in the following areas:

  • Developments in the guidance for the risk assessment of pesticides.

  • Test methods for assessing chemical effects on aquatic and terrestrial plants (e.g. experimental methods for new standard test species, recommended endpoints for use in risk assessment, mesocosm studies).

  • Linking test design with predicted environmental exposure profiles (e.g. pulsed dose studies for aquatic plants).

  • Methods for evaluating the potential of plants to recover from adverse impacts.

  • Use of plant data in chemical risk assessments and associated tools (e.g. species sensitivity distributions).

  • Use of ecological modelling approaches for plants in chemical risk assessment.

  • Use of ecological survey data to aid understanding of plant community composition, and so inform protection goals and experimental methods for chemical risk assessment.

  • Use of aquatic plants in artificial wetlands for phytoremediation and improvement of water quality.

  • Control of invasive aquatic plant species and how data from control programs could be used to inform chemical risk assessment (e.g. assessment of potential for recovery).

To submit an abstract for this session, please visit the SETAC website:

http://glasgow.setac.eu/submit_an_abstract/?contentid=597&pr_id=569

The deadline for abstracts is 30th November 2012. Please note that abstracts related to aquatic and/or terrestrial plants are welcome.


Seminar: Invasive Plants – Myths and Legends

22 May 2013

Seminar: Invasive Plants – Myths and Legends

When: 22 May 2013

Where: Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Booking form: Click here to download form

From the event organisers:

"Controlling Japanese knotweed costs the UK economy in excess of £150m every year. Japanese Knotweed is perhaps the most damaging invasive species on our shores, due to its remarkable tenacity and vigorous growth. Mortgage lenders may refuse to lend where Japanese knotweed is found, newspapers print sensational articles about infested properties losing half their value, and every Tom, Dick and Harry with a spraying licence now touts themselves as a “Japanese Knotweed Specialist”.

However, Japanese knotweed is not the only alien invader on our shores – in fact it is one of over sixty invasive plants controlled under UK law, including Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed, Ragwort and Rhododendron ponticum.

Mike Clough and Japanese Knotweed Solutions have worked with these plants for over ten years, and we feel that more needs to be done, both in terms of treatment and in terms of regulating the industry. This has resulted in a number of the main invasive species specialist coming together to form a new trade body INNSA (the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association) to set standards across the industry.

Building on the success of last year’s 10 Year Anniversary event ‘150 Years of Japanese Knotweed’, we are proud to present our latest seminar: ‘Japanese Knotweed - Myths and Legends’, to be held on May 22nd 2013 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester."

Click here to download a leaflet

Lunch and free parking are included in the event. Places are limited and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. To book, download and return the form above.


Tenth Stakeholder Forum on Non-Native Species

18 June 2013

When: 18 June 2013

Where: The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Registration: Download registration form


The Tenth Stakeholder Forum on Non-Native Species will be held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Tuesday 18 June 2013.

If you are interested in attending please download and complete the registration form and forward it to linda.raine@fera.gsi.gov.uk.

When available, the agenda will be published here.


First meeting on Exotic Crayfish

19 June 2013

When: 19 - 20 June, 2013

Where: Saint Lyphard, France

Book: Online booking form

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) The Brière Regional Natural Park and the Forum des Marais Atlantiques in partnership with The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (L'ONEMA) are organising a first meeting on exotic crayfishes in June. This will examine the level of infestation, how ecosystems are being modified by these species and what is envisaged for their control, why and how?

For more information visit the website 


International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions

20 August 2013

International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions

When: 20th - 22nd August, 2013

Where: The Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

The next International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions will be titled: Biological Invasions in Changing Waters: Envelopes, Estuaries, and Evolution. Sponsors include UBC, NOAA, CAISN, and PICES.

Meeting themes are:

  • Defining the environmental niche space of invaders using empirical and theoretical tools
  • Evaluating the success of invaders in transitionary waters such as estuaries and waters that are changing as a result of anthropogenic activities
  • Determining invaders' responses to changing waters during transport
  • Evaluating vectors for invaders and modes of transport
  • Examining management, rapid response, the eradication of invaders and efforts to restore ecosystems


If you would like to organize and moderate a session around any of these meeting themes or around another theme, please contact Dr. Jeb Byers (jebyers@uga.edu) by 15 December 2012.



Invasive Alien Species: the Urban Dimension

05 September 2013

When: 5 September 2013

Where: IUCN Global Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland

Registration: contact chantal.vanham@iucn.org

From the event organisers:

The IUCN European Union Representative Office and the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group invite you to participate in this conference which will gather representatives from different European countries to tackle the challenges related to invasive alien species in Europe’s urban areas.

Local and regional authorities can play a key role in helping address the risks associated with biological invasions and can contribute to raising awareness among decision-makers and citizens. The conference will bring together European, national and local governmental representatives as well as experts and NGOs to exchange knowledge and best practices on solutions to reduce the impacts of invasive species in urban areas. It will serve as a forum for competent authorities in Europe to be better informed about invasive alien species and the current state of the art of scientific knowledge and expertise. Examples of local action in urban areas will be presented to foster exchange and mutual learning in Europe.

Download the event flier here

Identifying non-native invasive plants

07 September 2013

Identifying non-native invasive plants
When: 7 September 2013

Where: The Regent's Park

Registration: Book online through the Field Studies Council website

From the event organisers:

A brief introduction to non-native invasive species including the well known Japanese knotweed as well as its less familiar relatives; other plant groups of concern including invasive water plants will also be covered. The course will also explore similar native species that may be present or confused with invasive taxa. Using sites in and around The Regent's Park.

Dr Mark Spencer is a botanist at the Natural History Museum as well as a recorder for the LNHS and BSBI. He specialises in urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.
Tickets and pricing

Course costs £45.

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 0203 130 0469.

Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for more information"

Marine invasive species identification workshop

11 September 2013

Marine invasive species identification workshop
When: 11 - 12 September 2013

Where: Scottish Marine Institute, Oban

Register: Online registration


This two-day course introduces you to a range of invasive species found in UK waters, and the various options that exist for the management and control of these species.

Ideally suited to marine environment workers, for example environment agencies / consultancies, the aquaculture industry, offshore renewables, ports and harbour authorities, undergraduate or post-graduate marine science and ecology students, the course will cover:

  • Economic, environmental and societal impacts of invasive species
  • Techniques for field collection and rapid surveys
  • Pathways of transmission and biosecurity measures
  • Eradication and control methods

For further information and booking details, please visit the website

At the Coalface of Red Squirrel Conservation

26 September 2013

When:     26 September 2013

Where:    The County (Thistle) Hotel, Newcastle

Registration:    Online

RSST is pleased to announce a one day event for Red Squirrel Conservationists. Confirmed speakers for this event now include:

  • Dr Craig Shuttleworth (Anglesey) and Dr Julian Chantrey (Liverpool University) – Is SQPV beatable?
  • Dr Dave Cowan (National Wildlife Management Centre) and Emma Sheehy (NUI, Galway) – Are there alternative methods of grey control?
  • Dr Chris Horrill (Scottish Mink Initiative) and Sophie Thomas (RSPB) – Can we learn from other invasive species control projects?
Also, discussion workshops and practical skills sessions.

EPPO/CoE/EEA/IUCN ISSG International Workshop: How to communicate on pests and invasive alien plants?

08 October 2013

EPPO/CoE/EEA/IUCN ISSG International Workshop: How to communicate on pests and invasive alien plants?

When: 8 - 10 October 2013

Where: General Directorate of Food and Veterinary (DGAV) auditorium, Oeiras, Portugal

Register: Online registration and abstract submission

From the event organiser:

A joint EPPO/CoE/EEA/IUCN OSSG Workshop will be organized on 2013-10-08/10 in Oeiras in Portugal at the kind invitation of the General Directorate of Food and Veterinary (Portuguese Plant Protection Organization), the Centre for Functional Ecology (University of Coimbra) and the Agrarian School of Coimbra (Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra). The workshop is aimed at civil servants, scientists, land managers, members of NGOs, journalists, and any other interested persons.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to exchange experiences across countries on communication actions on pests and invasive alien plants, with an emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of the actions undertaken. Exchanging views and experiences between the agricultural and the environmental sectors will be a primary focus of the workshop. The workshop will also allow the constitution of a network of experts of various disciplines interested in this issue.

Both the message to be sent and the tools that can be used (media, social networks, etc.) will be explored. The messages to be delivered to the different stakeholders will be considered as well (i.e. horticulturists, foresters, the general public, etc.).

The workshop will be coupled with a Portuguese ‘Invasive Plants Clean Up Day’ event, to be repeated if possible on a European scale the following year.

Sessions of the workshop

The 3-day Workshop will be divided into two days of presentations and discussions, and one day for the Portuguese “Invasive Plants Clean Up Day”, taking place on the second day of the workshop.

Four sessions will be held over two days, each followed by discussions in smaller groups

  • Difficulties in communicating on pests and invasive alien plants, underlying concepts: How to explain negative impacts on agriculture, on biodiversity, health and the economy; the link to phytosanitary products; how to avoid the bias of ‘xenophobia’ (in terms of fear of foreign species); underlying concepts (biocentrism, nature/culture, etc.).

  • Experiences that worked, experiences that did not work: A wide array of experiences that worked, or that did not work will be presented, focusing on the message delivered, and the communication methods used: media, social networks, field trips to see the IAS in situ, communication materials, training courses, etc. The way the efficacy of methods used is evaluated will also be considered, as well as how different awareness methods are successful in changing behaviour and personal knowledge about IAS.

  • Adapting the message to the different stakeholders: Messages should be adapted to different stakeholders: involving farmers, involving the nursery industry through codes of conducts, involving the general public, etc. How to elaborate positive messages is an aspect that should be emphasized.

  • Involving the public in surveillance: citizen sciences: The involvement of citizens to report new findings of pests and invasive alien plants is increasingly used and building local networks is a key to success. The choice of species, of software, and the building of a network are of primary importance.


Participants are kindly requested to pre-register online as soon as possible and no later than 1st June 2013, abstracts should be submitted by the 1st May 2013

For more information visit the website


EXPLORING OUR RIVERS: A Scottish Rivers Networking Day

09 October 2013

When: 9 October 2013

Where: Grangemouth Town Hall

Registration: online registration

From the event organisers:

"Announcing EXPLORING OUR RIVERS: A Scottish Rivers Networking Day sponsored by Communities Along the Carron Association (CATCA) with funding from Falkirk Council Development Services.

Wednesday 9th October, 2013 from 9.45am to 4.30, Grangemouth Town Hall. Opening by Provost Pat Reid, keynote speaker TBA. Classroom style presentations morning and afternoon. Free buffet lunch. Stalls, classes, informal networking.

Includes viewing of Jeremy Irons’ film TRASHED followed by panel discussion with marine biology and plastics industry experts.

DON’T MISS THIS ONE! CATCA’s third such public education event, high attendance, limited seating.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday 8th October 5pm

For more information:

Contact Michelle MillerAllen at cmcc.michelle@btinternet.com
Or leave a message at 07720648316.
(Emails preferred and faster response guaranteed!)
Communities Along the Carron Association (www.catca.org.uk)"


2nd International Congress on Biological Invasions - Biological Invasions, Ecological safety and Food Security

23 October 2013

2nd International Congress on Biological Invasions - Biological Invasions, Ecological safety and Food Security

When: 23 - 27 October 2013

Where: Qingdao, China

Register: Online registration

Invasive alien species (IAS) are considered to be one of the most serious challenges to humankind, biodiversity and the environment in the 21st century. In response to the global challenge of IAS, the 1st ICBI was successfully held on 2-6 November 2009 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China with more than 500 participants from 44 countries.

It developed a strong network of expert scientists and concluded with unanimous support for the “Fuzhou Declaration”. It was agreed that the ICBI would be held on a regular basis, at 4-year intervals. An International Expert Committee has been established to provide scientific, technical and policy guidance to make ICBI a stimulating forum for information exchange and innovation ideas for basic research on and management of IAS.

Supported by the International Expert Committee, the 2nd ICBI will be held on 23-27 October 2013 in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. The Congress will continue to facilitate the exchange of cutting edge research and the tracking of technical progress on managing IAS eco-rationally and sustainably. The Congress will also address the gaps between research and field applications, key links between biological invasions, biodiversity and ecological safety, as well as the relationships between climate change and biological invasions.

For more information visit the website


Workshop: Marine Invasive Species in the Artic: Management Issues

24 October 2013

Registration

Workshop: Marine Invasive Species in the Artic: Management Issues

24 October 2013

Workshop:  Marine Invasive Species in the Artic:  Management Issues
When: 24-27th October 2013

Where:  University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark

The ecosystem changes underway in the Arctic region are expected to have significant impacts on living resources in both the short and long run, and current actions and policies adopted by the Nordic states over such resource governance will have serious and ultimately irreversible consequences in the near and long terms. In particular, the breadth and scope of integration of science and political economy into the formulation of strategies for economic resource use and preservation will determine the outcomes of such policies. Policies to contain invasive species in one nation's waters will be limited in effectiveness by decisions of neighboring nations as well as by the ecological context of the invasion. Coordinated resource policy across space and time is therefore essential to maximizing the full economic value, including potential non-use and indirect-use values, of the living resources of the Arctic Ocean as the base productivity undergoes ecological changes.

We intend to host up to 30 participants, with approximately 14 ½ hour presentations in addition to the keynotes. We bring together experts on invasive species, marine resource management, and the Arctic with the purpose of preparing case-studies from the Nordic countries and to discuss continuing applicable research. We anticipate participation from academics, resource managers, Nordic and other Arctic policy makers and stakeholders to achieve maximum effectiveness and impact.


For more information please visit see invitation or visit  www.sdu.dk/fame

Conference: Non-indigenous species in the North-East Atlantic

20 November 2013

When: 20 - 22 November 2013

Where: Hotel Royal Astrid, Ostend

Registration: Click here to register online

From the event organisers:

Non-indigenous species are an important aspect within new coming regulations, including MSFD-Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Many questions like “why do these species survive here as well? "," how do they get here? "," what is their impact and how do we deal with it?" will be highlighted.
Scientists and policymakers will be brought together to share knowledge and discuss this.


Therefore, we invite you to submit an abstract on one of the following topics: success of non-native species and their vectors, structural and functional biodiversity, threats and risks, positive aspects of their success and control and "early warning". Based on these inputs 21 abstracts will be selected by a scientific committee for a plenary oral presentation of 20 minutes. For the other a poster session will be foreseen. A publication with all the abstracts will be disseminated on the conference. All talks and the poster session will be held in English.

Abstracts can be submitted until the 1st of August to: NIS@ilvo.vlaanderen.be

Click here for registration, further details and regular updates on the conference.


Invasive non-native species and biosecurity Sharing Good Practice event

21 November 2013

Invasive non-native species and biosecurity Sharing Good Practice event
When: 21 November 2013

Where: Battleby Conference Centre, Perth, Scotland

Register: Download the booking form and return it to sgp@snh.gov.uk


This annual event offers the opportunity to share and learn from others' experiences in the management and control of invasive non-native species. This year, the focus will be on practical biosecurity measures for non-native species in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments as well as how to prepare biosecurity risk assessments using both demonstrations and group activities to develop skills and understanding. The event will explore how this is working in practice and the role that stakeholders are playing.

Download the event flyer for more information

For any queries, please contact the SGP team on 01738 458555/6 or email sgp@snh.gov.uk

Additional information:

This event is being delivered by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with the GB Non-native Species Secretariat, Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Forestry Commission Scotland.
This event is FREE to volunteers and community groups.

Local Action Groups Workshop

21 January 2014

Local Action Groups Workshop
When: 21/22 January 2014

Where: Field Studies Centre, Montford Bridge, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury.

The GB NNSS will be hosting the Local Action Groups Workshop on Tuesday 21st - Wednesday 22nd January 2014. The workshop will start at 1130 on Tuesday and finish at 1600 on Wednesday.

Programme to follow.

For further details, please contact Linda Raine (linda.raine@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk)

One day workshop: 'Encouraging Community Engagement, Volunteering and Citizen Science in the control of Invasive non-native species'

19 March 2014

One day workshop: 'Encouraging Community Engagement, Volunteering and Citizen Science in the control of Invasive non-native species'
When: 19 March 2014

Where: Brockenhurst, Hampshire
 
Register: Email Catherine Chatters at Catherine.Chatters@hiwwt.org.uk or telephone 023 8042 4205

The New Forest Non-Native Plants Project, and RINSE (Reducing the Impact of Non-native Species in Europe) are hosting a one day workshop: 'Encouraging Community Engagement, Volunteering and Citizen Science in the control of Invasive non-native species'

From the event organisers:

Volunteers play a very important role in the control of invasive non-native species by recording their distribution, undertaking practical management, and monitoring the success of measures taken to stop the spread of invasive non-native species. This one-day workshop is an opportunity to find out how volunteers are helping Local Action Groups including the New Forest Non-Native Plants Project and the Norfolk Non-Native Species Initiative, to discover what motivates volunteers and to hear how volunteers can get involved in ‘citizen science’ projects.

The workshop will be held in the Exhibition Room on the first floor of Brockenhurst Village Hall. The venue is easily accessible via public transport, being within walking distance of Brockenhurst railway station, and there is plenty of room to park cars.

Places are limited and booking is essential. To book a place please contact Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer by 31 January 2014 at Catherine.Chatters@hiwwt.org.uk or telephone 023 8042 4205.

Download a flyer for more information

Science for the New Regulation

02 April 2014

When:  2 April 2014

Where:  Ghent University, Belgium

1-day Symposium on Invasive Species giving an overview of the current research in Belgium and surrounding countries about invasive species. The central theme of the day will be the EU-proposal on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species and the degree to which science is ready to back this new regulation.

More information is available here.


Training school in marine survery skills and invasive alien species identification

09 April 2014

Training school in marine survery skills and invasive alien species identification
When: 9 - 11 April 2014

Where: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Rhodes, Greece

Register: Email TD1209alienchallenge@nerc.ac.uk

From the event organisers:

Training Schools are aimed at providing dissemination of the COST Action activities and intensive training in a new emerging subject in one of the laboratories of the COST Action with unique equipment or know-how. Participants are typically but not exclusively young researchers from across Europe. These schools also cover appropriate re-training as part of “life-long learning”. The training school is particularly tailored to researchers with a marine background and/or involved broadly on invasion biology monitoring and surveillance.

Application details

- Number of eligible participants: 15
- Grants: up to € 780 (including € 300 for travel costs)
- Deadline for sending expression of interest (cover letter and CV): 15 February 2014
- Selection of participants: 28 February 2014

Download the flyer for more information



Biosecurity Sharing Good Practice event

08 May 2014

Biosecurity Sharing Good Practice event
When: 8 May 2014

Where: Malham Tarn Field Centre, Settle

Register: Download the booking form and return to a.m.glover@leeds.ac.uk by Thursday 23 April

Good biosecurity is key in reducing the spread of invasive non-native species. This free event aims to share good biosecurity practice through group discussion and practical activities including: hand on demonstrations, production of biosecurity plans, and INNS identification.

Download the event flyer for more information

Additional information:

This event is being delivered by the Yorkshire Dales Environment Network (YDEN) in partnership with the GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS).

This event is FREE to all.


4th International Symposium on Weeds and Invasive Plants

18 May 2014

4th International Symposium on Weeds and Invasive Plants
When: 18 - 23 May 2014

Where: Montpellier, France

Register: Online registration

The international symposium on weeds and invasive plants was initiated in 2006, and takes place once every three years in a European country (Portugal in 2006, Croatia in 2008, and Switzerland in 2011).

This event brings together over 100 scientists and managers who share a strong interest in the Biology, Ecology and methods of controlling invasive plants in cultivated and natural habitats as well as urban areas.

Objectives

  • Strengthening interactions between all fields for the management of invasive plants (e.g., ragweed) by facilitating exchanges between the researchers in basic and applied research, and managers and action agencies in the field.
  • Broadening the scope of this conference to include the entire Mediterranean basin where the agronomical and environmental concerns are similar those of the southern Europe.
  • Bridging the fields of invasion biology science and social and human sciences.

2014 Symposium Invited Speakers

Montserrat Vilà (Spain)
Urs Schaffner (Switzerland)
Joe Caffrey (Ireland)
Sébastien Lavergne (France)
Massimo Cristofaro (Italy)
Dane Panetta (Australia)
Christian Lévêque (France)

For more information visit the website

11th Stakeholder Forum on Non-Native Species

22 May 2014

When: Thursday 22 May 2014

Where: Royal York Hotel, York

RegistrationRegistration Form

This year the Stakeholder Forum will concentrate on the GB Strategy Review and the EU Regulation, but there will also be updates on other key issues.  If you are interested in attending please complete the registration form and forward to linda.raine@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk.  The Programme for the day will be available nearer the time, however the meeting will commence at 10am and finish approximately 4pm.   

British Ecological Society Workshop. Citizen Science: Fit for the Future

02 July 2014

British Ecological Society Workshop. Citizen Science: Fit for the Future

When: 2 - 3 July 2014

Where: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford (2 July) & Oxford University (3 July)

RegistrationRegister online here

From the event organisers:

This workshop of the BES Citizen science SIG workshop will critically explore citizen science and whether it is fit for the future. A series of talks and interactive workshops will focus on: 

  • Purposefulness of citizen science: how can citizen science be aligned with group’s or individual’s existing interests?
  • Motivations of participants and ethics of engagement.
  • Engaging harder to reach groups.
  • Choosing and using citizen science: decision support tools.
  • Pathways to action from citizen science.

Please register in good time as spaces are limited. The fees for the meeting cover all refreshments, including dinner on 2nd July, and we have reduced fees for students.

We want to give opportunities to a wide variety of people to formally participate in the meeting, so we would welcome offers of talks from:

  • Students who would like to give short presentations on any aspect of their citizen science work
  • People who have good examples of citizen science leading to action (by which we mean any impact outside of the research world – so including local action, policy, continued engagement by participants, community involvement etc. etc.)

Please email Rachel Pateman rachel.pateman@york.ac.uk and/or Michael Pocock michael.pocock@ceh.ac.uk with offers.

Find out more here


MASTS Annual Science Meeting: Marine Invasives Workshop

05 September 2014

MASTS Annual Science Meeting: Marine Invasives Workshop
When: 5 September 2014

Where: Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Register: ASM registration will be open in July. Contact Prof. Terry Dawson, School of the Environment, University of Dundee to register to present work: t.p.dawson@dundee.ac.uk

From the event organiser:

"Marine Invasive Species: Prevention, Detection and Management Challenges

The introduction of alien species has been identified as the second most important reason for biodiversity loss worldwide after habitat destruction, and in oceanic islands, is undisputedly first. The prevention and management of marine invasive species presents more difficulties than terrestrial invasive species due to the high degree of natural connectivity that exists, rapidly increasing marine traffic due to global trade and tourism, and the logistics required to work in the marine environment. Marine invasions are currently recognised as a widespread issue throughout the world’s oceans with significant impacts to ecosystems, the environment, the economy and health.

This meeting invites participants and presenters to look at methods, examples and case-studies for the detection, impacts, control, eradication, prevention and management of marine invasive species. Time will be allocated at the end of the presentations for an open discussion of management challenges.

The workshop invites marine scientists and managers of marine environments to present their work/research relating to marine invasive species at the workshop delivered through a 10-minute presentation. Places (up to 6-8 speakers) will be available on a first-come basis. Please contact Terry Dawson (contact details below) with a title and a short (up to 200 words) summary of your presentation, which will be made available to all participants.

Organiser: Prof. Terry Dawson, School of the Environment, University of Dundee. Mobile: 07876 114509, email t.p.dawson@dundee.ac.uk

Date/Time Scheduled: Friday morning session, 5th September (from 9.30am)

Duration of Workshop/Meeting: 2-3 hours (depending upon number of speakers)"

Bridging the gap: Working together to tackle invasive non-native species in Europe

24 September 2014

Bridging the gap: Working together to tackle invasive non-native species in Europe
When: 24 September 2014

Where: OPEN, Bank Plain, Norwich

Register: Programme and details on how to register to follow, stay up to date here www.rinse-europe.eu/sefins

From the event organiser:

"The INTERREG 2 Seas Programme Authorities, along with the SEFINS partnership, have the pleasure to invite you to our free event focussing on the effective management of invasive non-native species in Europe.

This is a unique opportunity to hear international experts from a range of fields relating to the management of invasive species sharing their knowledge. The event will focus on ‘Bridging the Gap’ - both between research, policy and action but also in an important, but overlooked, habitat - the estuarine environment. It will cover a wide variety of ‘hot’ topics such as risk management, knowledge transfer and citizen science. It will also include interactive Workshops to discuss how we can better tackle the challenge of invasive species in estuaries.

SEFINS is a ‘cluster’ project bringing together key partners from the RINSE and MEMO projects to exchange knowledge and capitalise on the ground-breaking work already carried out by these projects.

This event is aimed at scientists, policy makers, elected representatives and other key stakeholders with an interest in the appropriate management of invasive non-native species. This is a European conference and we will provide simultaneous French and Dutch translations for all presentations.

Participation is FREE.

The Programme and details on how to register will follow shortly. To stay up to date with information please see www.rinse-europe.eu/sefins

This event follows the RINSE Closing conference, which you are also welcome to attend. This is being held on 23 September at the same venue and is also a free event. Please see www.rinse-europe.eu for further details."


SAMs Marine Invasive Species Identification Short Course

01 October 2014

SAMs Marine Invasive Species Identification Short Course
When:1/2 October 2014

Where: Scottish Marine Institute Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK

Websitehttp://www.sams.ac.uk/education/short-courses/marine-invasive-species-workshop

More information:

This two-day course introduces you to a range of invasive species found in UK coastal waters and the various options that exist for the management and control of these species.

Presentations and practical hands-on experience in the field collection of specimens are included, alongside the use of microscopes and taxonomic keys for species identification. Highly invasive species that are already in UK coastal waters, and those thought to be 'high risk' but not yet present receive particular attention.

The course is particularly relevant if you work in the marine environment, for example environment agencies, consultancies, the aquaculture industry, offshore renewables sector, ports and harbour authorities, undergraduate or post-graduate marine science and ecology students and any other interested parties. What you’ll learn on the Marine Invasive Species Workshop:

Day 1 (1st October)
•Definition of ‘invasive species’
•Economic, environmental and societal impacts
•Pathways of transmission: how marine aliens reach and become established in new habitats
•Biosecurity measures for marine aliens
•Techniques for field collection and rapid surveys

Day 2 (2nd October)
•Risk assessment for species and pathways
•Strategic management of invasive species, including eradication and control methods
•Practical identification and taxonomy of invasive species
•Overview of existing legislation for dealing with the new arrival of a marine invasive species
•Species distribution and recording techniques


SAMs Biosecurity and Invasive Non-Native Species

02 October 2014

SAMs Biosecurity and Invasive Non-Native Species
When: 2/3 October 2014

Where: Scottish Marine Institute Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK

Website: http://www.sams.ac.uk/education/short-courses/biosecurity-plan-training

More information:

This course is designed to help you understand the practicalities of creating your own biosecurity plan. Delivered by the team who instigated and wrote the best practice guidelines ‘for producing site and operation-based plans for preventing the introduction of non-native species’ on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage (via the Firth of Clyde Forum), this course is a solid introduction to biosecurity planning.

What you’ll learn on this course:

Day 1: Evening Lecture (4.30-7.30pm)

Introductory Lecture: What is biosecurity and why is it needed for non-native species?
Meet the Team: Networking session over a glass of wine

Day 2:Behind the scenes

– the main drivers for introducing this guidanceLegislation and other drivers for marine biosecurity: The WANE Act, Law Commission Review and the proposed new EU Regulation
- what it all means for youGuidance in Action
– Case studyPreparing a marine biosecurity plan
– Guidance on the process for preparing your plan, including the use of advanced techniques such as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point)Implementing your plan
– How to make it work in practice and not just sit on the shelfBiosecurity planning: A practical workshop – time to work with our specialist team

Overseas Territories Group Conference 2014

16 December 2014

Overseas Territories Group Conference 2014
When: 16 December 2014

Where: Royal Astronomical Society, Piccadilly

Registration: register online

From the event organisers:

This conference will look at the practical lessons that can be learnt about mitigation and management of invasive species, drawing on experiences in the UK Overseas Territories.

The event is aimed at providing an overview of the current situation in relation to the status of alien species on these islands and how they are being managed. It will provide a platform for dissemination of experiences with speakers working in the Overseas Territories or working with partners there.

There will be an opportunity to hear from practitioners and research teams on current programmes running in both the marine and terrestrial environments of the Overseas Territories. A series of presentations and case studies will be combined with the opportunity for some lively discussion.

There will also be a presentation on the Darwin Plus Initiative and a Question & Answer session on the current priorities.

Further information and booking

Local Action Groups Workshop 2015

28 January 2015

Local Action Groups Workshop 2015
When: 28 - 29th January 2015

Where: Preston Montford FSC Centre, Shropshire

Contact: linda.raine@apha.gsi.gov.uk

If you would be interested in attending the next Local Action Groups Workshop, please contact Linda Raine for more information and a registration form. Places are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.

Programme to follow shortly.

Marine non-native species Biosecurity Planning for Marinas and Harbours

17 February 2015

Marine non-native species Biosecurity Planning for Marinas and Harbours

When: 17 - 18th February 2015

Where: Orielton Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire

Contact: Pat.Wilson@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk (Tel: 03000 654920)

From the event organisers:

Invasive non-native species (INNS) pose a serious threat to the marine environment and marine businesses including the recreation sector. There is increasing recognition of the need for INNS biosecurity – the actions and measures to prevent the introduction of these harmful species. A structured approach to INNS biosecurity for marine sites, a biosecurity plan, is envisioned to become industry-wide best practice particularly as planned new environmental regulation comes into force.

Who is the course for?

The course has been developed primarily for the managers of marinas and harbours but will also be relevant to local authority planners and others who manage marine assets.

What will the course cover?

  • Introduction to non-native species impacts and biosecurity in the marine environment
  • What is biosecurity for INNS and why INNS biosecurity plans are necessary – the legal and economic drivers
  • Developing INNS biosecurity actions and preparing a marine INNS biosecurity plan for your site
  • Implementing your plan, site surveillance and contingency planning
  • A site-based INNS biosecurity planning exercise at Milford Haven Marina
  • Case Studies

Cost: This event is free.

Accomodation/Travel: Catering and overnight accommodation at Orielton Field Centre (http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/orielton.aspx) is included. Course participants will be expected to cover their own travel costs to and from the venue. It is being held as part of the Marine Pathways Project www.nonnativespecies.org/projects/marinepathways.

Booking: Please contact Pat.Wilson@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk (Tel: 03000 654920) to register your interest and receive more information.

Download the programme here.


47th Robson Meeting

10 March 2015

47th Robson Meeting
When: 10 - 11th March 2015

Where: Reading Town Hall

Registration: Download the registration form here

From the event organisers:

The meeting is a two day meeting of flood defence engineers, aquatic biologists, ecologists, contractors and academics to enable facilitate open discussion of various topics related to aquatic weed control, invasive species management, fisheries and flood defence. It is the longest continuous running Aquatic Weed Conference in Europe.

The Barrett Memorial Student Prize (£100) for the best student presentation is kindly sponsored by Joy Barrett, the widow of the last head of the Aquatic Weeds Research Unit, Pip Barrett, inventor of such developments as the use of barley straw for algal control, midstream herbicide, long lance equipment and many other ingenious responses to aquatic weed problems

For more information, visit the website or see the draft agenda

Managing Our Waterways - Bristol Invasive Species Network Symposium

11 March 2015

Managing Our Waterways - Bristol Invasive Species Network Symposium
When: 11th March 2015

Where: Bristol Zoo Gardens

Contact: ngreen@bristolzoo.org.uk

From the event organisers:

We would like to invite you to join us on March 11th 2015 for the Managing our Waterways – Bristol Invasive Species Network symposium.

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are a global problem that causing ecological problems at an increasing rate. They cost Britain an estimated minimum of £1.8 billion per annum to counteract.

The symposium will be an interactive day which will give an insight into the work being carried out within the region to tackle INNS. It will look at local group experiences over the last few years, recent new developments, legislation and the latest news relating to INNS. We will end with a Breakout workshop where aquatic invasive species and biosecurity will be discussed.

Refreshments, a buffet lunch will be provided as well as free entry to the Zoo after 3pm.

We hope you can join us from 10.30 am – 15:00 pm at Bristol Zoo Gardens, the Clifton Pavilion, College Road, BS8 3HA.

INNS Mapper Launch Day

12 March 2015

INNS Mapper Launch Day
When: 12th March 2015

Where: The Hepworth, Wakefield

Register: www.yorkshireinvasivespeciesforum.eventbrite.co.uk 

From the event organisers:

The Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum have developed a new interactive web tool, INNS MAPPER, that will change the way in which the invasive species problem is dealt with. The Launch day will include live demos and the opportunity to get hands on and play with it, as well as guest speakers from the NNSS, and YISF partners, Environment Agency, and Plant Tracker.

For more information download a flyer


International Conference on EU IAS Legislation (organised by the European Squirrel Initiative )

17 March 2015

International Conference on EU IAS Legislation (organised by the European Squirrel Initiative )
Press release:

The new Invasive Alien Species (IAS) legislation passed by the European Union will be debated at a conference taking place on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at Portcullis House in London.

The recently-approved EU Commission’s Invasive Alien Species legislation became law on 1 January 2015. The Regulation will lead to the Commission adopting an open list of invasive alien species of Union concern. Species on the list must not be introduced, transported, placed on the market, kept, bred, grown or released into the environment. The new Regulation also covers invasive alien species of regional concern and allows member states to identify from their national list species that require enhanced regional cooperation.

According to the EU, there are currently over 12, 000 species present in Europe which are alien to the natural environment. About 15% of these are invasive and they are rapidly growing in number.

The day-long conference aims to inform and educate attendees about the new legislation and its impact on native biodiversity.

Event organiser, the European Squirrel Initiative (ESI), one of Europe’s leading squirrel charities, acknowledges the impact that invasive alien species have on the country’s bio-diversity, eco-systems, human health and economy. ESI is bringing together European and British stakeholders to discuss the details of the legislation and its impact here in the UK.

Alongside the general discussion about IAS legislation implications, representatives of three specific invasive species will be making a case for inclusion on the initial list of concern, including: Grey Squirrels, Japanese Knotweed and North American Signal Crayfish.

The conference sponsors include Simon Hart MP, Peter Aldous MP and Richard Benyon MP.

George Farr, Chairman of European Squirrel Initiative commented: “Our specific concern is the impact of Grey Squirrels on our native habitat; however, we thought it was important to convene a meeting of some of the best minds in Britain on the subject of IAS as this legislation will impact the biodiversity of the entire country.”

“Invasive Alien Species are costing the EU in excess of €12 billion per annum and therefore this is a problem that must be tackled at the highest level. I look forward to an informative day and healthy debate on identifying the right species for the IAS list. If the list itself doesn’t effectively reflect the problem – the legislation won’t work.”

The conference is limited in space. For more information contact: Louise Crosby on louise@europeansquirrelinitiative.org or 01394 610 022.

Scheduled to speak:

François Wakenhut – European Commission, Head of Unit -DG Environment, Biodiversity
Trevor Salmon –Defra, Head of Domestic & Invasive Non-Native, Species Conservation Team
Peter Birch- Canal & River Trust , National Environment Manager
Dr. Dick Shaw – CABI UK, Regional Coordinator, Invasives
Dr. Craig Shuttleworth- European Squirrel Initiative, Biologist and Squirrel Specialist

INNSA Conference 2015

24 March 2015

INNSA Conference 2015
When: 24th March 2015

Where: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Manchester

Website: www.innsa.org

From the event organisers:

The Invasive Non Native Specialists Association (INNSA) has announced that the date for the 2015 Conference has been set for Tuesday 24th March 2015. The Conference which will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (MOSI), will have an agenda full of highly topical subjects for the invasive species industry.

There will be up to date presentations on the Provisions that affect invasive species in the Infrastructure Bill and the implications for specialists of the Consumer Rights Bill, both of which should be Acts of Parliament by the time of the conference.

INNSA will also launch the INNSA Code of Practice for consumers, companies and property professionals at the Conference. The Code will be independently regulated by the Property Codes Compliance Board and The Property Ombudsman will provide the redress mechanism for consumers. The Code logo will signal for consumers that they can rely on the services that are provided by Code subscribers and enjoy complete peace of mind.

With other presentations from the surveying community, the lending community and of course invasive species experts it promises to be a highly informative event.

INNSA is delighted to offer places at the Conference at the highly subsidised rate of £30.00 for members and £60.00 for non-members (reduced to £30.00 if companies join at or before the event).

Early bookings are encouraged and the first 50 people to book will go into a draw for a magnum of champagne!

To book your space please e-mail info@innsa.org.uk or call 0800 1300 485

Japanese Knotweed Solutions presents the 'Root of all Evil'

20 May 2015

Japanese Knotweed Solutions presents the 'Root of all Evil'
When: 20th May 2015

Where: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Manchester

Website: www.jksl.com

From the event organisers:

Free Event

Japanese Knotweed Solutions are excited to announce the date of our next annual ‘Invasive Plants Seminar’ which is taking place on Wednesday 20thMay 2015 at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester.

Japanese knotweed arrived on UK shores, in August 1850. Received by the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew in an unsolicited parcel of plants from the nursery of von Siebold of Leiden (Holland). By 1854, the plant, under the pseudonym Polygonum sieboldii had arrived at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. The plants were then sold by a large number of commercial nursery gardens around the country, the sharing of cuttings and the discarding of unwanted rhizomes established the primary pattern of distribution. Further vegetative spread followed naturally along watercourses, and artificially where soil containing rhizomes was moved above in road building and construction schemes. The rest is history!

Following the success of previous events, ‘150 Years of Japanese Knotweed’ and ‘Myths and Legends’, this event will be hosted by Mike Clough, CEO, of Japanese Knotweed Solutions/Chairman of INNSA, and will include presentations from Industry experts Trevor Renals (Environment Agency) and Rob Tanner (CABI), including the most up-to-date legislation changes for Invasive Plants.

To register your interest, please send your name, organisation and email address to suzanne.hardy@sltd.co.uk or call 0161 723 2000.

PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO HIGH INTEREST, PLACES WILL BE ISSUED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.

An Introduction to Invasive Non-native Species and the importance of Biosecurity

28 May 2015

An Introduction to Invasive Non-native Species and the importance of Biosecurity

When: 28 May 2015

Where: Yalding Village Hall, Kent

Register: contact andrea.griffiths@kent.gov.uk

From the event organiser: 

  • What is an invasive non-native species (INNS) and how do species become invasive?
  • How to identify some national and local INNS
  • What is biosecurity and why is it important?

Light lunch and refreshments included. Delegate pack with lots of information available. The chance to speak with local professionals and visit a local site.

Download a flyer for more information.


Invasive Species Identification and Control

29 May 2015

Invasive Species Identification and Control
When: 29 - 31 May 2015

Where: Margam Discovery Centre, Neath Port Talbot

Register: book online through the Field Studies Council

From the event organiser:

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally and in recent years has started to be taken seriously as having wider environmental and economic damages estimated to cost being costing 5% of the world's economy.

The course will look at the main INNS in the UK, a look how they arrived, how and why they are so successful, their basic ID features, problems and benefits they bring, current controls and treatment methods, relevant legislation, strategies and policies dealing with INNS, monitoring and recording campaigns and projects and future INNS which might cause problems.

This course is suitable ideal for amateur or professional botanists/ecologists both in the voluntary or ecological sector. Some prior knowledge of ecology would be useful but not essential.

Jo Mullett has over 20 years' experience in the environmental sector. She has worked for a small local environmental charity as a Waste Education Officer, a national conservation charity as a Field Teacher, as a Biodiversity Officer for a local authority and now runs two companies Knotweed Control and About Wild Wales, combining INNS control consultancy with biodiversity awareness and conservation working with the general public, land owners and community.

Twelfth Non-Native Species Stakeholder Forum

16 June 2015

When:  Tuesday 16 June 2015

Where:  The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

The Stakeholder Forum will help bring you up to date on the progress made since the last Forum in May 2014, as well as providing an opportunity to become actively involved in the development of non-native species policy.

This year is another critical year with the GB Strategy due to be re-launched and the EU IAS Regulation having come into force in January.

We are devoting most of the day to discussion of how we prioritise and implement the GB Strategy. We have talks in the morning that will provide an update on the EU Regulation, integration with other elements of biosecurity and prioritisation. In the afternoon we have workshop sessions which will concentrate on looking at the implementation of the GB Strategy.

Draft Programme

Registration Form


Invasive species workshops: Learn how to identify and control invasive non-native species

22 June 2015

Invasive species workshops: Learn how to identify and control invasive non-native species
Where: Imbhams Farm, Holdfast Lane, Haslemere, Surrey

When: 22 June 2015 1-4pm or 7-9pm

Register: Contact the ARC volunteer coordinator on 01273 763377 or email kate.whitton@rspb.org.uk

From the event organisers:

The ARC Project, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Furnace Place Estate invite you to join them for a FREE workshop and site visit.

Invasive non-native species are now widespread throughout the countryside, changing the landscape and having serious negative impacts on our wildlife, health and economy.

Find out about recent changes to legislation and what this means for you, management control options for species found in your local area, what we are doing to tackle the problem on a wider scale and how you can get involved.

Two workshops

Afternoon: 2 hour workshop session followed by a short walk around Imbhams Farm OR

Evening: 1.5 hour workshop session plus a short site visit.

Local food + tea/coffee (afternoon) or beer/wine (evening). Everyone is welcome - landowners, farmers, local people and other interested parties.

For further information and to register please contact the ARC Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01273 763377 or email kate.whitton@rspb.org.uk

Japanese knotweed control and legislation training

06 July 2015

Japanese knotweed control and legislation training
When: 6 July 2015

Where: Mynyddbach Chapel, off Llangyfelach Road, Tirdeunaw, Swansea, SA5 7HT

Registration: register online

From the event organisers:

A comprehensive course covering all you need to know about our most invasive non-native plant - Japanese knotweed. A brief introduction to the invasive problem from a local to global perspective will start the course. This will be followed by knotweed's identification, spread, resulting problems and available treatment options. Legislation will also be covered in detail.

There will be plenty of fresh samples to look at and a site visit to see some Swansea knotweed sites.

This course complements CIEEM’s Invasive and Non-native Flora course in Swansea on 7 September 2015.

Further information and booking

Identification of invasive alien plants (Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act) training

23 July 2015

Identification of invasive alien plants (Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act) training
When: 23 July 2015

Where: Home Farm, Broadmoor, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6JY

Registration: register online

From the event organisers:

A comprehensive course covering all you need to know about our most invasive non-native plant - Japanese knotweed. A brief introduction to the invasive problem from a local to global perspective will start the course. This will be followed by knotweed's identification, spread, resulting problems and available treatment options. Legislation will also be covered in detail.

There will be plenty of fresh samples to look at and a site visit to see some Swansea knotweed sites.

This course complements CIEEM’s Invasive and Non-native Flora course in Swansea on 7 September 2015.

Further information and booking

Crayfish Conference 2015: Conservation and invasion across the British Isles

17 August 2015

Crayfish Conference 2015: Conservation and invasion across the British Isles
When: 17- 19 August 2015

Where: Giggleswick School, Yorkshire Dales

Website: http://www.pba-ecology.co.uk/applied-ecology-trust/national-crayfish-conference?showall=&limitstart=

From the event organisers:

The Fifth National Crayfish Conference will be held at Giggleswick in the Yorkshire Dales from the 17th to 19th August 2015. During the 5 years since the last conference, populations of native white-clawed crayfish have continued to decline across much of The British Isles, whilst the range of American signal crayfish continues to consolidate and expand. Almost uniquely in Europe, Ireland currently remains free of invasive non-native crayfish.

Traditional area-based conservation designations are failing to halt the decline of native crayfish, and in 2010 white-clawed crayfish was reclassified as “Endangered” on IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species. At the same time, American signal crayfish continue to be found in new areas, and additional INNS crayfish continue to be found in the wild. Over the last 5 years, there has been growing evidence of the broader ecological and financial impacts of invasive non-native species, and INNS crayfish in particular. Partly as a result of this, biosecurity is becoming an ever more important consideration, and Defra has introduced the Check Clean Dry campaign.

The EU has been working towards the development of a Strategy on Invasive Alien (Non-native) Species since 2008. In 2014, The European Parliament agreed plans to prevent the introduction or halt the spread of invasive alien species. New domestic legislation has been introduced in Ireland and Scotland, and the recent Law Commission review of wildlife law is expected to result in the most significant reform of species protection legislation in England and Wales since the creation of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in 1981.

The 2015 Crayfish Conference will bring together a broad range of researchers, practitioners, regulators and conservationists. Whether you are interested in crayfish in particular, or the issues related to crayfish conservation and INNS invasion in general, this will be an unmissable national conference. Based at a 500-year-old seat of learning, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, and with a range of informative excursions within easy reach, this will certainly be a highlight of the summer.

Full details about the conference, including the call to papers (deadline 30th April), booking information and student application form can be found on the conference website.

Invasive and non-native flora

07 September 2015

Invasive and non-native flora
When: 7 September 2015

Where: The Penllergare Trust Visitor Centre, Penllergare Valley Woods, Penllergare, Swansea, SA4 9GS

Registration: register online

From the event organisers:

An introduction to the invasive problem from a local to global perspective. The course covers legislation, identification, problems and treatment of both terrestrial and aquatic plants including Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, Himalayan knotweed, cotoneaster, sea buckthorn, holm oak, rhododendron, laurel, Hottentot fig, cordgrass, parrot's feather, Australian stonecrop, water primrose, floating pennywort, water fern, fringed water lily and water/pond weed species.

There will be plenty of fresh samples to look at and an opportunity to see some living specimens in the Penllergare estate.

Further information and booking

Britain's invasive species: Good, bad or ugly?

09 September 2015

Britain's invasive species: Good, bad or ugly?
When: 9 September

Where: University of Bradford

Registration: book online here

From the event organisers:

Europe is home to about 14,000 non-native, or alien species of plants and animals. Around 10-15% of these are considered invasive; posing a threat to the environment, society or the economy.

The Royal Society of Biology will highlight the scale and threat of invasive alien species at a free expert discussion event as part of the British Science Festival 2015. ‘The good, the bad and the ugly: alien species in a changing world’ will take place on Wednesday 9th September, 10:30 – 11:30 at the University of Bradford.

A panel of top UK experts, chaired by Professor Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, will discuss non-native species, how scientists track them down and predict future invasions, and whether invasions are ever a good thing.

Invasive alien species are estimated to cost the UK economy £1.7 billion a year and pose a major threat to biodiversity”, explained Professor Roy, President of the British Science Association’s biological sciences section.

For example: the quagga mussel which was recently found in the UK has dramatic and adverse effects on the function of inland waters. We know that prevention is certainly better than cure - preventing the arrival of invasive alien species is beneficial for biodiversity. The Asian hornet has spread rapidly through France and although it hasn't been observed in the UK yet it is considered a species on the ‘horizon’. We are asking people to let us know about any possible sightings of this hornet as it poses a threat to pollinating insects.”

Panellists Dr Lori Lawson-Handley (University of Hull), Dr Alison Dunn (University of Leeds) and Dr Niall Moore (Non-native species secretariat) will discuss the unprecedented and unpredictable rate of alien introductions facing the UK today, and of the threat that invasive alien species pose to the economy, society and the environment.

At the event Professor Helen Roy will also talk about her research on an invasive alien species of ladybird:
The harlequin ladybird is an invasive alien species originally native to Asia and was first reported in the UK in 2004. It is a predator with a wide diet breadth coupled with a big appetite and so it can outcompete other ladybirds and will also feed on them. This ladybird, and the citizen scientists who have mapped its spread across the UK, inspired my research on alien species. Observations of alien species by people across the UK are not only essential for monitoring but improve our understanding of invasion patterns. This ultimately contributes to strategies to prevent the arrival of the most damaging alien species.”

For more information visit the website.

Management of invasive plant species

16 September 2015

Management of invasive plant species

When: 16 September 2015

Where: AECOM, MidCity Place, Holborn, London WC1V 6QS

Registration: register online

From the event organisers:

An introduction for those dealing with invasive non-native species (INNS) to invasive plants and their impacts. Biosecurity training has been identified as a critical weakness in the UK strategy for a sustainable environment. This course covers the key biosecurity issues, addressing the impacts of INNS and highlighting the need for better biosecurity. An overview of invasion pathways will be presented that includes details of both natural and anthropogenic spread dynamics. Key current and future threats will be discussed along with relevant risk assessment procedures. Standard operating procedures for overseeing management intervention and carrying out proper site biosecurity will include an overview of practical aspects of:

  • legislation and policy;
  • site inspection,
  • risk assessment and monitoring;
  • planning and implementing biosecurity including preventative measures and rapid response;
  • management/control options;
  • waste management; and
  • quality assurance.

All this will inform the production of an Invasive Plant Management Plan, guidance on the production of which will be the culmination of the course. See CIEEM’s web site for competence themes to which the training will contribute.

Further information and booking


What does food have to do with Invasive Species?

18 September 2015

What does food have to do with Invasive Species?
When: 18 September 2015

Where: Cardiff University
 
Register: email your name and organisation to aquawalesreserchcluster@gmail.com by the 16th of September

From the event organisers:

Aquaculture and Fisheries are on the rise. Our growing population demands healthier food, and seafood consumption is increasing due to their high content in Omega 3. Traditional Fisheries cannot fulfil this demand, and much of the fish and seafood we currently consume come from Aquaculture. But Aquaculture and Fisheries can be a vehicle for the introduction and dispersal of non-native species (for example tilapia, signal crayfish, Pacific oyster) that can become invasive, displace our native species, bring new diseases and alter the environment. How can we help to alleviate the environmental impacts of Aquaculture and make it more sustainable? This is the research topic of AQUAWALES (http://aquawales.wix.com/aquawalescluster), a collaboration between Welsh Universities, government organisations, NGOs and industrial partners funded by the Welsh Government and HEFCW.

We are organising a hands-on workshop to engage with public interested in the topics of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and Food Sustainability. The workshop will consist on two sessions: a morning practical session on the identification of AIS frequently found in Welsh rivers and coast and the use of smartphone Apps (http://naturelocator.org/aquainvaders.html) to help with their control and an afternoon session in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency looking at Welsh politics concerning Food Sustainability.

Agenda:

9:30-10:00 am Arrival and Registration. Coffee provided
10:00 -10:30 am Introduction on Aquatic Invasive Species impacts and identification
10:30-12:15 pm Practical demonstration on the use of smartphone Apps for the detection of AIS
12:15-12:45 pm AQUAWALES project presentation and Wrap-up
12:45- 13:30 pm Lunch, networking & poster session
13:30- 15:30 pm Using science to deliver food we can trust. Developing the FSA Science Evidence and Information Strategy 2015-20

For more information download a flyer

10th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference

21 September 2015

10th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference

When: 21-15 September 2015

Where: Seville, Spain

Website: http://www.evpmc.org/

From the event organisers:

The biennial meeting is a forum for basic and applied research in vertebrate biology and ecology, methodology and legislation and their application in wildlife management. Its focus is on Europe but participants and contributions from other regions of the world are welcome. Symposia will be organized in the following broad topics:

  • Ecologically based pest management
  • Agricultural and silvicultural pest management
  • Urban pest management
  • Control methods and alternatives
  • Zoonoses and parasites
  • Invasive vertebrates
  • Human – animal social conflicts

Download a leaflet or visit the website for further information and registration

Understanding invasive weeds: Japanese knotweed, fact and fiction

23 September 2015

Understanding invasive weeds: Japanese knotweed, fact and fiction
When: 23 September, 2015

Where: The Vale Resort, Hensol, Cardiff

Register: Full programme and booking form can be found here

From the event organisers:

National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) is holding a specialised conference, dedicated to the subject of non-native invasive plants.

‘Understanding Invasive Weeds: Japanese Knotweed, Fact and Fiction’ takes place on 23 September at The Vale Resort, Hensol, Cardiff.

It is the first conference held by the PCA’s specialist Invasive Weed Control Group and is being facilitated by Richard Newis, Ashfield Japanese Knotweed (chair), Ian Graham, Complete Weed Control and Professor Max Wade, AECOM.

As well as seeking to promote a level-headed and evidence based approach to Japanese Knotweed, there will be a focus on other invasive weeds such as Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed, which are increasingly under scrutiny in the UK, following the issue of new EU regulations, which came into effect in January.

These new regulations will empower government agencies to issue Control Orders that necessitate the management of high risk invasive weed species from specified sites, potentially including housing construction projects and neighbouring properties.

The conference is of interest to a wide-range of professionals, reflecting the impact invasive weeds have throughout the UK.

Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, said: “The overarching purpose of this first conference is to provide delegates with the information they need to effectively deal with the issues associated with Japanese Knotweed.

“It will appeal to a diverse group, from landowners and land managers, to landlords, councils and those who have responsibilities involving the control and presence of Japanese Knotweed.

“With this broad base of attendees in mind, the content of the day is designed to accommodate the needs of those with relatively little awareness of the species and its impact, as well as those who have a good knowledge but are looking for well-presented, up-to-date facts about the solutions for dealing with the problems associated with Japanese Knotweed as seen from a number of differing perspectives. “Misinformation is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving effective management of Japanese Knotweed within the UK.

“For the first time assembled experts from the industry will be available to present well researched, actionable information in a format that is genuinely useful to the attendees.”

The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to update their work and practices and explore the control of invasive weeds at a site and landscape scale.

In 2012, The Property Care Association – which has been in formation for 85 years - worked with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and The Building Societies Association - together with Japanese Knotweed control companies that currently operate within the UK, to set up the Invasive Weed Control Group, to signpost consumers to professional treatment companies.

Mr Hodgson added: “For several years now we have taken steps to control Japanese Knotweed. It is just a plant and we are taking all steps necessary to ‘normalise’ it, so it is viewed generally as any other type of property problem, in that it can be identified and treated, with minimal impact.

“Increasingly, our focus will now include adopting this approach to other invasive weeds, in line with the requirements of the new EU regulations. This conference will provide an excellent opportunity to find out more about the subject.”

Invasive species - planning and implementing biosecurity

23 September 2015

Invasive species - planning and implementing biosecurity
When: 23 - 25 September 2015

Where: Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia National Park Centre, Wales

Register: contact Andrew Weir Andrew.Weir@eryri-npa.gov.uk

From the event organisers:

This course introduces you to a range of invasive species found in the UK, across terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments and the various options that exist for the management, control and biosecurity planning for these species

It is relevant to those whose work is related to access, planning and management of terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, for example , Local Authorities, Consultancies, Land Managers, the Aquaculture Industry, Energy Sector, Water Companies, Ports and Harbour Authorities, undergraduate or post graduate biological science and ecology students and any other relevant Authorities or groups.

The course costs £344 per participant including all meals and accommodation. This course is endorsed and financially supported by Natural Resources Wales.

Japanese knotweed - identification, assessment and management

29 September 2015

Japanese knotweed - identification, assessment and management

When: 29 September 2015

Where: AECOM, MidCity Place, Holborn, London WC1V 6QS

Registration: register online

From the event organisers:

The focus on Japanese Knotweed includes an assessment of its impacts and an examination of legislation and policy which will be followed by in depth consideration of the practical aspects of:

  • site inspection, risk assessment and monitoring;
  • planning management including preventative measures and rapid response;
  • assessing management/control options;
  • waste management; and
  • quoting, warranties, insurance and bonds.

All this will inform the production of a Japanese Knotweed Management Plan, the culmination of the course.

This course in combination with "Management of invasive plant species" provides preparation for CSJK Examination of the Property Care Association. See more at: http://www.cieem.net/events/948/japanese-knotweed-identification-assessment-and-management#sthash.RmKvhsCz.dpuf and CIEEM’s web site for competence themes to which the training will contribute.

Further information and booking


Sharing Good Practice event - controlling invasive non-native species - secrets of success

08 October 2015

Sharing Good Practice event - controlling invasive non-native species - secrets of success
When: 8 October 2015

Where: Battleby Conference Centre, Perth, Scotland

Registration: Complete the booking form and return to sgp@snh.gov.uk by 11 September 2015

From the event organisers:

This event is for anyone involved in controlling invasive non-native species (INNS) including agency staff, NGOs, project staff, land/water managers and volunteers, local authority staff and INNS control contractors.

It will focus on new techniques and tools for INNS control. Join us to hear about the key lessons we have learnt and to share experiences of how to develop, plan deliver and fund control of INNS.

We expect demand for places at this event to be high, places will be filled on a first come first served basis. Initially only two participants from each organisation applying will be given a place and others will be put on a waiting list.

Download a flyer to find out more

If you wish further information please contact sgp@snh.gov.uk

Invasive plant species training course

20 October 2015

Invasive plant species training course
When: 20 October 2015

Where: Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve Visitors Centre, Swansea

Register: Register by caling 07790 505232 or email knotweedcontrol@gmail.com

From the event organisers:

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are recognised as one of the greatest threast to biodiversity globally and in recent years has started to be taken seriously as having wider environmental and economic damages estimated to cost 5% of the world's economy.

The course will look at the main INNS plants in the UK, how they arrived, why they are so successful, their basic ID features, associated problems and benefits, current controls and treatment methods, relevant legislation, strategies and policies dealing with INNS, monitoring and recording campaigns and projects and future INNS which might cause problems.

This course is suitable ideal for amateur or professional botanists/ecologists both in the voluntary or ecological sector. Some prior knowledge of ecology would be useful.

Download a flyer for more information.

Sharing good practice: Non-native and emergent diseases of wild plants and animals - identification, action and biosecurity

11 November 2015

Sharing good practice: Non-native and emergent diseases of wild plants and animals - identification, action and biosecurity

When: 11 November 2015

Where: Battleby Conference Centre, Perth, Scotland

Registration: Complete the booking form and return to sgp@snh.gov.uk by 23 October 2015

From the event organisers:

This event, which is being run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), aims to encourage environmental professionals working in the field to better identify, understand and respond to emergent plant and animal pathogens of concern to wildlife. This event is for ecological consultants, land managers and conservation advisors.

There will be presentations and discussion sessions on topics such as:

  • symptoms to look out for
  • how to contribute to detection and surveillance efforts
  • what biosecurity measures are appropriate
  • implications for conservation management
Download a flyer  and booking form .

Further details of the event are also available on the SNH web site at:
http://www.snh.gov.uk/policy-and-guidance/sharing-good-practice/events/

Helping Local Authorities respond to the growing challenge of non-native weeds.

08 December 2015

Helping Local Authorities respond to the growing challenge of non-native weeds.

When: 8 December 2015

Where: AECOM, Birmingham

Register: Complete a booking form and return to Jade Stocker Jade@property-care.org

From the event organisers:

This one day training course on 8th December 2015 in Birmingham, developed specifically for those working in Local Authorities, is designed to provide delegates with guidance on how to respond to the growing challenge of invasive non-native weeds to both meet the environmental challenge and achieve a cost effective/neutral response.

Key topics covered will include:

  • Duties of Local Authorities: legislation, policies, recent developments
  • Government and EU strategy and biosecurity
  • Responding to public concern
  • Short, medium and longer term strategies
  • Developing practical actions
  • Implementing realistic change

The training will be delivered in an interactive format with workshop elements to enable sharing of experience and to ensure relevance of learning.

Delegate rate is just £95 + vat (includes lunch)

The training is being held at AECOM, Colmore Plaza, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT on 8th December 2015.

Download the course flier and booking form HERE.

Return completed booking forms by email to Jade Stocker: Jade@property-care.org

** Places are limited so reserve your place TODAY **


Invasive non-native species workshop

15 December 2015

Invasive non-native species workshop
When: 15 December 2015

Where: The Weald of Kent Golf Course and Hotel, TN27 9PT

Registration: Visit the event website

The Medway Valley Countryside Partnership are running a series of Rivers and Land Management workshops.

At this workshop, you will be able to learn all about invasive non-native species in the UK, the GB Strategy for tackling INNS, the issues they cause, cooperative working to address INNS and the importance of biosecurity in stopping the spread.

To find out more and book a place, visit the event website

LAGs Workshop 2016

27 January 2016

LAGs Workshop 2016
Title:     Local Action Groups Workshop.

Where:  Field Studies Centre, Montford Bridge, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury. 

When:   Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 January 2016

The GB NNSS will be hosting the Local Action Groups Workshop which will be held over two days, the programme for which will follow soon.

If you are interested in attending please complete the Registration Form and return to linda.raine@apha.gsi.gov.uk

Understanding Local Invasive Non-native Species

01 March 2016

Understanding Local Invasive Non-native Species
When: 1 March 2016

Where: Shorne Woods Country Park

Registration: Register online here

Join Medway Valley Countryside Partnership (MVCP) and learn about the issues caused by invasive non-native plants and animals. Learn to identify and understand locally occuring species, how you can help survey for them, control them and stop their spread. Learn about the law and legislation which covers these species and what impacts they have both on local biodiversity and on local people.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to the subject and is for professional peers, students, landowners or volunteers working in the countryside.

The workshop is being delivered by the not-for profit conservation organisation Medway Valley Countryside Partnership (MVCP). Working under the guidelines of the national strategy for invasive species in Great Britian, MVCP have been managing the invasive non-native species control programme in the Medway catchment in Kent for over 14 years.

19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

10 April 2016

19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
When: 10-14 April 2016

Where: Winnipeg, Canada

Registration: visit the conference website

From the event organisers:

The Invasive Species Centre is hosting the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species that will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 10-14, 2016.

This conference series is widely considered the most comprehensive international forum on aquatic invasive species and continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues.

Sessions and presentations include the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and mechanisms to raise awareness with the general public through education and outreach initiatives.

In recent years the conference has typically involved over 400 participants from over 30 countries, representing academia, industry, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in the issues. Many are seeking opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to address AIS issues from a global perspective.

The Technical Program Committee invites the submission of 300-word abstracts for presentations and posters addressing the broad range of aquatic invasive species issues in freshwater and marine environments.

Submit abstracts in electronic format to the Conference Administrator before September 18, 2015.

See the conference website (www.icais.org) for details regarding preparation and submission of abstracts.

Control & Eradication of Japanese Knotweed Training

10 May 2016

Control & Eradication of Japanese Knotweed Training
When: 10 - 11 May 2016

Where: AECOM Offices, Edinburgh

Registration: visit the event website

From the event organisers:

This comprehensive two day training course is aimed at those involved in and with some prior knowledge and experience of the identification, assessment and eradication of Japanese knotweed, and other common invasive species.

Day 1
  • General information on invasive species and their impacts
  • Legislation
  • Site inspection, risk assessment and monitoring
  • Biosecurity
  • Herbicide use
  • Waste management
  • Reports inclusing requirements of a site assessment report, management plan and completion reports
  • Warranties, quoting, insurance and bonds
Day 2
  • Identification and control options for invasive plants: Japanese knotweed
  • Ecology, impacts and identification of Japanese knotweed
  • Other invasive species of which to be aware
For more information or to book a place, visit the event website here

State of the World's Plants Symposium

11 May 2016

State of the World's Plants Symposium

When: 11-12 May 2016

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Registration: visit the event website

From the event organisers:

In conjunction with the launch of a ground breaking new report, Kew is delighted to host the first international State of the World’s Plants symposium.

Beginning in 2016, the annual State of the World's Plants report will provide baseline data on important indicator metrics that will tell us how plants are faring and how this is changing over time. As well as showing present status, the report will be forward-looking with horizon scanning to identify important emerging issues and research and knowledge gaps.

The symposium will provide a platform for scientists and policymakers to discuss issues raised in the report. Global leaders will gather to address key themes including:

  • Threats to plant health
  • Climate change
  • Useful plants
  • Invasive plants
  • Protected areas
  • Extinction risk.

Join us to take stock of the world’s plant diversity, research and trends.

Call for poster abstracts
Poster presentations from delegates are welcome and will be accompanied by a 1-minute oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded for the best early career researcher posters.

Deadline for abstracts: 13 April 2016.
Deadline for registration: 20 April 2016.

For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website


13th Non-native Species Stakeholder Forum

08 July 2016

When:  Friday 8th July 2016

Where:  The Royal Hotel, Station Road, York.


To attend this event, please contact Linda Raine for more information and a Registration Form.

A draft Agenda will be available shortly. 

Free event: Marine non-native species - practical biosecurity responses to the threat of invasive species

31 August 2016

Free event: Marine non-native species - practical biosecurity responses to the threat of invasive species
When: 31 August 2016

Where: Scottish Marine Institute, Dunstaffnage by Oban

Registration: complete the booking form and return to sgp@snh.gov.uk 

From the event organisers:

This free event is for all those involved in recreational boating, aquaculture, offshore energy and marine transport. It is part of SNH’s Sharing Good Practice programme of events and is being delivered in partnership with Marine Scotland, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP), Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Marine Pathways.

Invasive non-native species (INNS) can cause damage to the environment, economy and health. Control is expensive and not always possible, especially in the marine environment. Biosecurity, action to prevent the introduction and spread of INNS, is globally recognised as the best way to deal with the problem and is a legal requirement in Scotland. This event aims to bring together those involved in different marine sectors to discuss the risks associated with different activities and share good biosecurity practice.

This event offers participants the opportunity to discuss and learn from current best practice and the roles and responsibilities of those undertaking biosecurity. To enhance your knowledge of practical and effective techniques to reduce the impact of INNS in the marine environment. There will be access to resources and contacts who can help you address biosecurity issues and advice on biosecurity actions, species identification and monitoring. The day is design to ensure there is time for valuable networking opportunities.

For more information or to register visit http://www.snh.gov.uk/policy-and-guidance/sharing-good-practice/events/ 
Places will be limited to two per organisation in the first instance – others will be placed on a waiting list.

Neobiota 2016. Biological Invasions: interactions with environmental change

14 September 2016

Neobiota 2016. Biological Invasions: interactions with environmental change
When: 14 - 16 September 2016

Where: Vianden, Luxembourg

Registration: register online via the conference website

From the event organisers:

The 9th Neobiota Conference in 2016 will provide an international high-level forum to discuss the state of art in understanding biological invasions and will constitute an important opportunity to advance the dialogue and cooperation between the scientific community, conservation agencies, stakeholders, and policy and decision makers, especially as the EU regulation on invasive species came into force two months after the last Neobiota Conference, on January 1st 2015.

Researchers, representatives from governments, non-profit organizations, and any person or party involved in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management are invited to participate and share ideas, new results and opinions in the field of biological invasions.

The conference topics and further information is available in the 1st Circular. All organisms and ecosystems will be considered. Various of these topics will be highlighted by a number of exciting keynote talks.

For more information, download the 1st circular or visit the event website.

Defeating the Invaders Conference

14 September 2016

Defeating the Invaders Conference

When: 14 September 2016

Where: Raploch Community Campus, Stirling, Scotland

Registration: Register online here

From the event organisers:

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are an increasingly serious problem, damaging habitats and biodiversity, competing with native species, and in some cases presenting a threat to human health and property in Scotland. They are no respecters of boundaries, and so it is imperative that organisations and groups seeking to eradicate the threat they pose, such as local authorities, land managers, community groups, conservation organisations and government bodies can work together to find ways to act in partnership.

Much work has already been done to understand the problems more fully, and to research and implement techniques for control and eradication. However, there still remain gaps in our combined knowledge, and some examples of success and good practice need to be more widely known and shared. In one day this Conference cannot hope to solve this intractable issue, but by bringing together as many interested groups as possible, we aim to identify some of those gaps in our science, policy and practice, and find ways to work together more effectively to fill them.

The Conference will be a one-day event with talks and workshops covering a range of INNS-related topics. These are expected to include (subject to speaker availability):

  • Current and planned policies and legislation
  • Best practice partnership working
  • Perceived barriers to effective control
  • The land manager’s perspective
  • The economic and social impacts of INNS
  • Catchment-wide solutions

We will be highlighting examples of best practice through an online and printed poster exhibition. We will be actively encouraging those who have success stories to share to attend and provide a poster.

The Conference is free to attend, and will be of particular relevance to environmental organisations (amateur and professional), local authorities, government bodies, land managers and community groups across Scotland. It is being organised by IFLI, with support from Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB and Clackmannanshire Council.

A detailed programme will be published nearer the event.


Invasive non-native species training session

05 October 2016

Invasive non-native species training session
When: 5 October 2016

Where: Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Lampeter

Registration: for bookings or more information phone 01570 493358 or email info@denmarkfarm.org.uk

From the event organiser:

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally and in recent years has started to be taken seriously as having wider environmental and economic damages estimated to cost being costing 5% of the world's economy.

This course will look at the main INNS in the UK, how they arrived, why they are so successful, their basic ID features, associated problems and benefits, controls and treatment methods, relevant legislation, strategies and policies dealing with INNS, monitoring and recording campaigns and projects and future INNS which might cause problems.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in the natural environment although some prior ecological knowledge would be useful. Knotweed Control can also design bespoke training for other sectors such as estate agents or land agents those in the sales of management of property or land, tool box talks for construction industry.

Invasive non-native species training session

27 October 2016

Invasive non-native species training session
When: 27 October 2016

Where: Crymlyn Bog National Nature Reserve Visitors Centre

Registration: for bookings or more information please phone 07790 505232 or email knotweedcontrol@gmail.com

From the event organiser:

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally and in recent years has started to be taken seriously as having wider environmental and economic damages estimated to cost being costing 5% of the world's economy.

This course will look at the main INNS in the UK, how they arrived, why they are so successful, their basic ID features, associated problems and benefits, controls and treatment methods, relevant legislation, strategies and policies dealing with INNS, monitoring and recording campaigns and projects and future INNS which might cause problems.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in the natural environment although some prior ecological knowledge would be useful. Knotweed Control can also design bespoke training for other sectors such as estate agents or land agents those in the sales of management of property or land, tool box talks for construction industry.

Making a difference in invasion biology: improving links between research, policy and practice

15 November 2016

Making a difference in invasion biology: improving links between research, policy and practice
When: 15-16 November 2016

Where: Saint Charles Campus, Aix-Marseille University, France

Registration: for more information contact Marine Le Louarn lelouarn.marine@gmail.com

From the event organisers:

Interested in invasion biology and the relationships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners? ParrotNet invites you to attend a two day Training School in Marseille.

This training school, comprising two full days, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners who work on invasion biology, and the policy-makers, decision-makers and government agencies who are tasked with defining and implementing policy on invasive alien species (IAS). This training school will assess the challenges of science-policy in IAS, and consider a range of techniques for improving the decision making process. By working together, we aim to enable participants to generate greater impact from their research on how it relates to IAS policy and practice.

Download a flyer for more information

Invasive Weed Conference: Risk, Roots & Research

22 November 2016

Invasive Weed Conference: Risk, Roots & Research
When: 22 November 2016

Where: Institution of Engineering and Technology, London

Registration: Register online here

From the event organisers:

The Property Care Association’s second annual Invasive Weed Conference features informed speakers with expertise in areas including law, academia, ecology and technology.

Last year’s inaugural conference, held by the PCA’s specialist Invasive Weed Control Group, attracted a full house.

Based on this success, the PCA has continued the formula for the event, with a three session format offering an up-to-date insight into some of the main issues impacting the management of key invasive weeds across the UK due to changes in legislation, technology and expectations.

The first session, ‘Risk’ includes legal insight from barrister Leo Charalambides.

There’s also an update on the current situation regarding Japanese knotweed and property risk from James Ginley, Head of Professional Risk at Legal and General.

The second session, ‘Roots’ includes an understanding of surveying and mapping invasive non-native species from Dr Mark Fennell, Principal Ecologist at AECOM, as well as an overview of the management of invasive weed remediation works from Richard Newis of Ashfield Japanese Knotweed.

A response to the growing issue of aquatic invasive plants will also be presented in this session by Dr Johan van Valkenburg of the National Plant Protection Organisation, the Netherlands.

The final session, ‘Research’ features Dr Richard Shaw of CABI UK, Dr Daniel Jones of Swansea University and Dr John Bailey, formerly of the University of Leicester who will cover topics including biocontrol and physiochemical control optimisation.

The conference will then draw to a close with a panel debate featuring Network Rail’s Dr Neil Strong, Trevor Renals of the Environment Agency, Barbara Whitcombe of Leicester City Council, Rodger Burnett of Charles Lyndon and Paul Cutbill of Countrywide Surveying Services

Reflecting the significance of invasive non-native weeds to a wide-range of professionals, the conference is relevant to local authorities, statutory agencies, the rail, road and port industries, lawyers, utility companies, estate managers, house builders and developers, landlords, estate agents, housing associations, property agents, academia, surveyors and asset managers.

Professor Max Wade, Chairman of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group, said: “A lack of information is one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the effective management of Japanese knotweed and other non-native invasive plants in the UK.

Our intention is to offer a level-headed and evidence based approach to tackling the issue and create a platform for delegates to access a wide-range of expertise from high calibre, informed sources.

This conference offers a significant opportunity to access the latest thinking, research and knowledge at a single event.”

For more information on the programme and to register online visit the conference website.

North East and Yorkshire Freshwater Group - FBA and CIEEM joint meeting

15 December 2016

North East and Yorkshire Freshwater Group - FBA and CIEEM joint meeting

When: 15 December 2016

Where: Leeds University

Registration: register online here

From the event organisers:

North East and Yorkshire Freshwater Group - FBA and CIEEM joint meeting.
15th December, Leeds University 1330-1630. This is an open and free afternoon discussion and seminar event for anyone with an interest in the field.

The aim of the group is to: increase awareness of the range of freshwater ecology work being undertaken in the region, provide opportunities for discussion among a spectrum of practitioners and act as an impetus for future knowledge exchange and collaboration between different parties.

Talks include the following, and plenty of time will be allowed for discussion of related issues.

  • Dr Stephanie Peay, CEcol MCIEEM, Associate Director, AECOM. Invasive Crayfish, what risks, what options?
  • Lawrence Eagle, University of Leeds. The impact of signal crayfish on freshwater stream communities in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Professor Jonathan Grey, Lancaster University and Professor in Practice with the Wild Trout Trust. Angels and demons, and killers too: invasive shrimp interactions
  • Caitriona Shannon, Researcher in Biosecurity for Invasive Non-Native Species, University of Leeds. Slowing the spread of invasive non-native species: biosecurity best practice and stakeholder engagement.
  • Ailsa Henderson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The role of citizen science and community engagement in surveying and managing INNS
  • Emma Baxter, GradCIEEM, Ecus Ltd, Site Condition Monitoring of Loch's in the Scottish Western Isles.
  • Dr Melanie Fletcher, FBA. The Crassula Conundrum!

For more information and to register visit the event website.


Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017

15 March 2017

When: 15 - 16 March 2017

Where: National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York

Registration: online registration will open soon

From the event organisers:

Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017 is a major conference that will bring together plant health professionals and animal health and invasive species experts from across Great Britain, to discuss novel strategies for improving plant biosecurity and establish a sustainable knowledge exchange. The conference is organised against the backdrop of the Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain, as released in 2014, and revisions to the EU Plant Health Regime, which are soon to be realised.

The agenda is to be confirmed, however the conferenece will cover four main themes:

  • Emerging risks
  • Movement and borders
  • Behaviours
  • Technology

For more information visit the event website, sign up to the event mailing list, or contact Biosecurity17@fera.co.uk.

*UPDATE September 2016* In addition to a number of invited speakers, the conference will provide a platform for offered contributions and is seeking submissions for oral or poster presentations from researchers and innovators across academia, government and industry. Find out more here, deadline for submission is 30th November 2016.


7th ESENIAS workshop with Scientific Conference: Networking and regional cooperation towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe

28 March 2017

7th ESENIAS workshop with Scientific Conference: Networking and regional cooperation towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe
When: 28 - 30 March 2017

Where:
Sofia, Bulgaria

Registration: register online here

From the event organisers:

The ESENIAS Conference entitled ‘Networking and regional cooperation towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe’ will provide a forum for presentation of multidisciplinary research activities on various topics related to invasive alien species, highlighting the importance of regional cooperation for finding solutions at national, regional and European scale.

Scientific Topics

1. Invasive alien species traits and trends – invasive alien species introductions and spread, biological and ecological characteristics; characteristics of recipient environment; invasive alien species and climate change

2. Vectors and pathways for invasive alien species introductions - trade, transport, horticulture, aquaculture, agriculture, forestry, hunting, etc.

3. The Danube River as invasive alien species corridor – priority species for the Danube Region, impact on threatened species, specificity of biological invasions in Lower, Middle and Upper Danube River sections

4. Invasive alien species impact – environmental impact, impact on ecosystem services, socioeconomic impact and impact on human health; pests and pathogens

5. Invasive alien species prevention and management - early detection and rapid eradication, surveillance systems; risk assessment and horizon scanning; control measures; restoration of damaged ecosystems; education, citizen science, strategies, policy and legislation; IAS networks and information systems, databases, data planning and management.

For more information download a flyer or visit the conference website.


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