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Two Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) PhD opportunities at the University of Leeds

07 November 2019

Two Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) PhD opportunities at the University of Leeds
The University of Leeds have announced two CASE PhDs. Both PhDs are part of the NERC Panorama DTP and have Yorkshire Water as a CASE partner.


1. Sedimentation and invasive species in rivers: Investigation and trialling of mitigation options relevant to invasive non-native species related sediment inputs to rivers

Excessive sedimentation is known to be a key factor in the deterioration of aquatic ecosystems and removal of sediments costs Yorkshire Water £350,000 per year. INNS not only threaten aquatic ecosystems but also our drinking water supplies. INNS cost the water industry £8 million per year to remove. Species such as Himalayan Balsam and Signal Crayfish may drive increased sedimentation in rivers resulting in increased operational costs and deterioration under the EU Water Framework Directive.

The rate of spread of INNS is increasing and eradication of established invaders is highly unlikely therefore measures to limit or mitigate impacts are required. This research will also identify methods to prevent biodiversity loss, increase amenity value and broader environmental benefits such as ecological resilience, flood risk and water quality.

Full details about this opportunity can be found here: https://panorama-dtp.ac.uk/research/sedimentation-and-invasive-species-in-rivers-investigation-and-trialling-of-mitigation-options-relevant-to-invasive-non-native-species-related-sediment-inputs-to-rivers/

Informal enquiries should be directed to Megan Klaar (m.j.klaar@leeds.ac.uk). The deadline for application is Monday 6th January 2020.


2. Invasive species and water resources: developing the evidence base for effective mitigation to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species through water transfer networks

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) cost the UK £1.8 billion per annum and are an increasing threat to biodiversity and ecosystems. Zebra Mussels block pipes, Floating Pennywort clogs river intakes and increases flood risk and Signal Crayfish are driving the extinction of our native White Clawed Crayfish.

Changing climate and demography is placing increasing need on Water Service Companies (WSCs) to ensure water supply and demand, hence the transfer of water across rivers and catchments. Accidental translocation of animals and plant fragments during water transfers can lead to the spread of INNS into new rivers and reservoirs. The likelihood of invasion is based on number INNS individuals introduced.

This aim of this studentship is to develop and test new mitigation practices to reduce the spread of INNS during bulk water transfers focusing on key INNS.

Full details of this opportunity can be found here: https://panorama-dtp.ac.uk/research/invasive-species-and-water-resources-developing-the-evidence-base-for-effective-mitigation-to-prevent-the-spread-of-invasive-non-native-species-through-water-transfer-networks/

Informal enquiries should be directed to Alison Dunn (a.dunn@leeds.ac.uk). The deadline for application is Monday 6th January 2020.

Environmental Audit Committee publishes its Invasive Species Inquiry report

25 October 2019

Environmental Audit Committee publishes its Invasive Species Inquiry report
The Environmental Audit Committee has published its Invasive Species Inquiry report. View the report here.

Environment Agency launch 'Challenges and Choices' consultation

25 October 2019

Environment Agency launch 'Challenges and Choices' consultation
The Environment Agency have launched a consultation seeking your views on the challenges our waters face and the choices we all need to make to improve and protect this vital and precious resource. Challenge 3 focuses on invasive non-native species 

From the Environment Agency: 

Your responses to this consultation will help shape the future approach to managing the water environment and will be used to update the existing river basin management plans in 2021.

The Challenges and Choices consultation seeks your views on:
  • the challenges that threaten the water environment
  • how we can work together to manage our waters
  • who should pay
Our ‘Small Changes, Big Picture’ films are online now to help you learn about the challenges facing water today and what you can do to help. Watch the trailer on Environment Agency TV.

How to respond:

Go to: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/challenges-and-choices 

The closing date for receipt of your comments is 24 April 2020.

If you have any queries please email RBMPConsultation@environment-agency.gov.uk

Save the date! Invasive Species Week 2020.

24 October 2019

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

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

New e-learning available for water company staff

21 October 2019

New e-learning available for water company staff
A new e-learning module "Introduction to Invasive Non-native Species for Water Company staff" is now available. Find the e-learning here. 

The e-learning was developed by Anglian Water, Yorkshire Water, South West Water and the NNSS, and funded by eight water companies through the Check Clean Dry Biosecurity Partnership, a three year project to improve aquatic biosecurity. Find out more about the partnership here. 


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