Non-native Mammals in Britain

09 November 2018

Non-native Mammals in Britain
When: Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November
Where: Arup Offices, 8-13 Fitzroy Street, Bloomsbury, London, W1T 4BQ

From the Mammal Society:

Many mammals have been introduced to the Great Britain, most of which are thought to cause negative impacts.

There are around 2000 known non-native plant and animal species in Britain but this number is increasing. A number of these are invasive mammals – and they can have a devastating impact on our native wildlife.

Non-native species are plants and animals which have been moved from their place of origin, accidentally or intentionally, and brought to into Britain by humans. Around 10% of these species are considered invasive. Invasive non-native species have a negative impact on the environment, the economy and sometimes human health.

Non-native mammals include rats, mice, grey squirrels, rabbits, mink, deer, feral cats and ferrets and included eradicated mammals such as coypu.

The symposium will cover a range of topics including a review of the status of non-native species in Great Britain, their impact on native mammals, horizon scanning, biosecurity and preventing the introduction and spread of non-natives, non-natives and disease as prey species, native species as island invasives and new monitoring approaches. As well as reviewing the environmental and economic impacts, societal values and roles will be considered. The final session of the symposium will involve a debate with a specialist panel about the future of landscape scale invasive mammal management in Britain.

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