News

Calls for notes of interest - Innovation challenge - New Zealand Pigmyweed

19 November 2018

Calls for notes of interest - Innovation challenge - New Zealand Pigmyweed
Scottish Canals has announced a call for notes of interest for the development of innovative management techniques to control the spread of a non-native invasive amphibious plant New Zealand Pigmyweed (NZP) (Crassula helmsii) on the Caledonian Canal, Inverness. This project is funded by Scottish Enterprise via the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund which seeks teams of innovators to develop new management techniques to control the spread of, and where possible eradicate. The plant is found growing on land and in the water in the canal system. Any solution needs to be practical, scalable and take account of environmental regulations and the wider ecology of the canal and its catchment.

The procurement will be undertaken in two phases. It is the intention that Phase 1 of the project will invite 3 to 5 teams (challenge solvers) to undertake a 6 month Proof of Concept stage (value 30-50k GBP per team). Deadline for notes of interest is 30/11/18.

https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=NOV336398


Consultation on proposed changes to Marine Licensing Exemptions

14 November 2018

Consultation on proposed changes to Marine Licensing Exemptions

Defra have launched a consultation to seek views on proposals to revise the current marine licensing requirements. The range of licensable activities are set out under the Marine and Coastal Act 2009 (MCAA) under MCAA section 66. Anyone undertaking such activity is required to obtain a marine licence from the appropriate licensing authority.

There are a few specific circumstances where those undertaking a licensable activity are exempted from the requirement to obtain a marine licence. These exemptions are set out under section 74 of MCAA and in the Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) Orders 2011 and 2013. We will be consulting on the introduction of new exemptions to the regime and amendments to some existing exemptions. The proposed changes are looking to be implemented to lessen the legislative burden needed to complete these activities.

The proposed changes comprise of new exemptions for the following activities:

  • The recovery of marine litter and abandoned, discarded or lost fishing gear (ADLFG/ghost gear) by recreational divers
  • The use of vehicles or vessels to routinely remove marine debris by a Harbour Authority
  • In-water hull cleaning of lightly fouled recreational vessels

Propose to dis-apply current Exemptions for the following activities:

  • Shellfish Propagation and Cultivation in the circumstance of new areas of shellfish propagation and cultivation or extensions to existing areas of shellfish propagation and cultivation (Article 13)
  • Scientific Instruments (Article 17)

Proposed amendments of existing Exemptions to provide clarification for the following activities:

  • Maintenance of coast protection, drainage and flood defence works (Article 19)
  • Emergency works in response to flood or flood risk (Article 20)
  • Use of vehicles to remove litter, seaweed or dead animals (Article 21)
  • Moorings or aids to navigation (Article 25)
  • Temporary markers (Article 26a)
  • Diver Trails within restricted areas (Article 31)
  • Cables and Pipeline – authorised emergency inspection and repair (Article 34)

This consultation applies to English Inshore and Offshore marine area, and Northern Ireland Offshore marine area where the Secretary of State (SOS) is the appropriate licensing authority.

The consultation and details of how to respond can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/marine-licensing-proposed-changes-to-exemptions

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 14th December 2018.


Two new INNS PhDs proposed

14 November 2018

Two new INNS PhDs proposed
Two new PhDs have been proposed through the PANORMA DTP Partnership (Leeds, Hull, York), one focused on mitigating the impacts of long established INNS such as signal crayfish and Himalayan balsam on sediment flux and native biodiversity, and a second focused on the spatial and temporal dynamics involved in the use of eDNA as a tool for monitoring Dreissena. As part of the DTP process, projects will go to the best candidates not necessarily the ‘best’ projects.

More information on the two projects is available here:
http://www.nercdtp.leeds.ac.uk/projects/index.php?id=896
http://www.nercdtp.leeds.ac.uk/projects/index.php?id=879

Deadline for applications is 7 January 2019.

Last call for trade body’s invasive weed control conference

13 November 2018

Last call for trade body’s invasive weed control conference
From the Property Care Association:

Time is running out for delegates looking to attend an internationally renowned conference on invasive, non-native weed control.

The Property Care Association’s 2018 International Invasive Weed Conference takes place at The Slate, University of Warwick, on 22 November.

High-profile speakers from across the public and private sector - including the legal field, utilities and local authorities, as well as finance and mortgaging - will debate the changing perspectives, current challenges and emerging issues in the UK’s professional invasive weed control sector.

Already the event is at near capacity. Details on bookings for the final places and an overview of the conference can be viewed at https://www.property-care.org/conferences/international-invasive-weed-conference-identification-assessment-response/

Job vacancy -Invasive Non Native Species Conservation Project Assistant

13 November 2018

Job vacancy -Invasive Non Native Species Conservation Project Assistant
From the University of Leeds:

Are you interested in delivering evidence-based conservation? Do you want to further your career working in one of the UK’s leading Universities and with the region's key environmental stakeholders? Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services at great economic cost. We are looking for a Conservation Project to join our project on slowing the spread of INNS by working with environment organisations to develop good biosecurity. https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=FBSBY1094


New non-native species newsletter

07 November 2018

New non-native species newsletter
The NNSS has published the first issue of a new quarterly non-native species newsletter! The newsletter is intended to keep stakeholders updated on key non-native species developments in GB.

Download the first issue here, and contact nnss@apha.gsi.gov.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Biosecurity after EU Exit - new report

24 October 2018

Biosecurity after EU Exit - new report
The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has published a new report into biosecurity after EU Exit.

New research about the scale of mouse predation on seabirds

22 October 2018

New research about the scale of mouse predation on seabirds
A new RSPB supported study by universities in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa has been published measuring the number of seabirds killed by mice on Gough Island every year. Results revealed that up to 2,000,000 seabirds are lost annually, almost double the figure of previous estimates. 

Visit the RSPB website for more information
 

Find the latest information on Asian hornet sightings in the UK

01 October 2018

Find the latest information on Asian hornet sightings in the UK
Find the latest information on Asian hornet sightings in the UK on a new gov.uk webapge.

For more information on Asian hornet and links to useful materials to help with identification, visit the alert page here

Identification sheets and posters are available online and can be ordered, free-of-charge, by contacting nnss@apha.gsi.gov.uk.

If an Asian hornet is seen it can be reported via an online form, the Hornet Watch app; or by sending a picture to the alert email address: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

Asian hornet update

26 September 2018

Asian hornet update
A new nest has been located by the National Bee Unit in New Alresford, Hampshire, following a report from a member of the general public. The nest was promptly destroyed by the APHA Wildlife Team and the NBU is continuing to search for further nests, with support from local beekeepers.

As previously reported there have also been confirmed cases in Hull and Cornwall. Two nests have now been destroyed in Cornwall and surveillance in this area continues. No live hornets have been seen in Hull since a single dead Asian Hornet was found in a house, despite extensive surveillance.

The New Alresford response highlights the importance of public awareness of this species and we are encouraging all stakeholders, particularly in the Cornwall and Hampshire regions, to help raise awareness of the need to be vigilant and report this species.

Identification sheets and posters are available online and can be ordered, free-of-charge, by contacting nnss@apha.gsi.gov.uk.

If an Asian hornet is seen it can be reported via an online form, the Hornet Watch app; or by sending a picture to the alert email address: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk



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