Gough Island Restoration Programme website launched

16 May 2018

Gough Island Restoration Programme website launched
The RSPB and Tristan da Cunha Government have developed an ambitious programme of conservation action to protect seabirds on Gough Island.

Find out more about the project on their new website.

South Georgia declared rodent free

15 May 2018

South Georgia declared rodent free
The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is officially declared free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island over 200 years ago

Scottish-based charity the South Georgia Heritage Trust and its USA counterpart the Friends of South Georgia Island raised £10 million to finance the Habitat Restoration Project to eradicate invasive rodents

Covering 108,723 hectares (1087 km2), the Habitat Restoration Project is more than eight times larger than any other rodent eradication area ever tackled anywhere in the world

Three rodent detection dogs covered a total of 2420km, with their two female dog handlers walking 1608km, searching for signs of rats and mice as part of a comprehensive monitoring survey

For more information visit the South Georgia Heritage Trust website

New Marine Pathways Project newsletter

30 April 2018

New Marine Pathways Project newsletter
The latest Marine Pathways Project newsletter is available to download here. For more information on the project visit the webpages.

Asian hornet sighting

13 April 2018

Asian hornet sighting
An Asian hornet sighting has been confirmed, more details here

Invasive Species Week 2018: Lord Gardiner helps to tackle floating pennywort!

26 March 2018

Invasive Species Week 2018: Lord Gardiner helps to tackle floating pennywort!
Reports of floating pennywort in our rivers and lakes have reached a record high with 50 tonnes of the invasive plant being removed from the River Thames by the Environment Agency in 2017.

Fast-growing plants like floating pennywort can spread into the wild if they are not properly disposed of when removed from garden ponds ponds. Be Plant Wise has handy tips for gardeners on how to prevent this from happening.

Today Lord Gardiner, the Biosecurity Minister, visited Little Britain lake, Hillingdon, tohear about the work being carried out to prevent this plant from spreading further in the River Colne.

He saw new signs being put up to encourage fishermen and boaters to Check, Clean, Dry their equipment and clothing to avoid spreading invasive species.

Lord Gardiner said:

Invasive species pose a real threat to our country’s native plants and animals and cost the economy at least £1.8 billion a year.

The Check, Clean, Dry campaign is playing a key role in raising awareness of these threats – helping to prevent new arrivals and stopping the spread of invasive species already here. It is great to see the whole community of river users supporting this programme to protect the future of our precious native species.

See a clip from the visit on BBC iPlayer. Coverage begins at 3min 20.

British Irish Council launch Invasive Species Week 2018!

23 March 2018

British Irish Council launch Invasive Species Week 2018!
On Friday 23 March 2018, Minsters from across the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey met for a meeting of the British-Irish Council environment work sector in Farmleigh House, Dublin, where they launched Invasive Species Week 2018.

Read the meeting communique here

The British-Irish Council was established under the Good Friday Agreement and comprises representatives of the Irish and British Governments, the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. This environment meeting focussed on how the administrations can work together on climate adaptation, invasive non-native species, food waste and recycling.

On invasive species, the communique says:

“Following on from the 14th BIC Environment Ministerial held in Guernsey in 2016, Ministers reaffirmed the threats posed to their respective ecosystems from Invasive Non-Native Species. They welcomed the continued collaboration between all BIC Member Administrations including the workshop in Edinburgh in 2017 for those working on this issue. Acknowledging the importance of raising awareness, Ministers today launched Invasive Species Week - coordinated for the first time across all the BIC administrations. They noted the vital importance of prevention, particularly for aquatic species, agreeing to promote the Check Clean Dry aquatic biosecurity campaign including at key ports and airports. To further enhance co-operation Ministers from Ireland and the UK have agreed to pursue the listing of Ponto-Caspian species on the EU Regional list and to strive to bring in countries on the near Continent to reduce the risk of invasion of these highly invasive species. Ministers also agreed to enhanced cooperation on some key invasive species including muntjac deer and the sea squirt – Didemnum vexillum.

Ministers accepted an offer from Jersey to host a technical workshop for BIC officials on the issue of Asian hornets in September 2018.”

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