New Defra report: Assessing the achievements of Local Action Groups in tackling invasive non-native species
30 November 2015
Defra is publishing the report so that Local Action Groups have an objective evidence base to demonstrate how they can provide local, cost effective solutions to the management of harmful non-native species in the future.
Download a copy of the report here
Protecting Cumbria's waters: biosecurity at Keswick Mountain Festival
27 November 2015
At the Keswick Mountain Festival this summer, the Cumbria Freshwater Invasive Non-native Species Initiative was on hand to ensure that trialthon competitors were following Check Clean Dry to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species.
Check out this video for some lovely countryside and great biosecurity!
Saving Round Pond: The Source to Sea Project takes on creeping water primrose
26 November 2015
Find out more about this work here and more information on the Source to Sea Project here.
Latest Henderson Island newsletter now available
17 November 2015
Download the RSPB's Henderson Island newsletter here to find out more about their recent six month expedition to the Island to look into the extent of the problem. For more information on the Pitcairn Islands, click here.
Alien futures horizon scanning survey: call for participants
13 November 2015
Alien Futures is a new research project collecting and examining issues that may affect the future global and local management of biological invasions. Horizon scanning is the systematic examination of future potential threats, opportunities and likely future developments. Some horizon scanning activities have already been undertaken about invasive species, for example focusing on high risk species (e.g. Roy et al. 2014), specific habitats (Ojaveer et al. 2014), or general issues within European invasion science (e.g. Caffrey et al. 2014).
This project aims to complement these existing activities by exploring the wider environmental, social and technological issues external to invasion ecology that may have implications for the future management of invasive species. During the first phase of the project, we are gathering opinions on the global and local issues that might affect the management of biological invasions in the next 20 – 50 years. We want to explore issues that may emerge and have implications in a more distant future than currently considered in the management of biological invasions. These can be issues which might have positive or negative implications.
We invite people working with or interested in biological invasions to fill in a survey on our website. To find out more, and fill in the survey, please visit www.alienfutures.org. We encourage you to think creatively beyond the time frame of your current work!
We would also be very grateful if you could forward this email to colleagues or groups who may be interested in contributing. Please copy in email@example.com.
The survey also includes some questions about your background and your interest in biological invasions. It does not gather personally identifiable information unless you provide us with an email address in order to hear about project outputs. All of the issues identified will be published online in an open-access format, so please do not include any details that you would not wish to be published.
Project outputs will include a long list of global issues, a long list of local issues and a shortlist of global issues. We will make the data available for use and further research, with workshops planned to explore the implications of these issues for policy and management.
Follow the progress of the project on the website www.alienfutures.org or on Twitter @alienfutures #alienfutures.
New GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy published today
19 August 2015
The GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy sets out key aims and actions for addressing the threats posed by invasive non-native species. It aims to:
- get people to work better together, including the government, stakeholders, land managers and the general public
- improve co-ordination and co-operation on issues at a European and international level
The strategy covers 2015 to 2020 and replaces the first strategy published in 2008.
The Strategy was produced with extensive input from a wide range of stakeholders.