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RAPID LIFE Project: Contract advertised for programme of work to prevent the introduction of INNS

14 August 2018

RAPID LIFE Project: Contract advertised for programme of work to prevent the introduction of INNS
The RAPID LIFE Project is advertising a contract for a programme of work to prevent the introduction of novel INNS to “high risk” areas by facilitating positive behaviour change amongst water assetusers to support the RAPID LIFE project.

This contract aims to carry out conservation actions that will be in line with the RIMPs, with a focus on the “prevention” side of IAS management. The programme of work will include biosecurity workshops for water asset managers, erecting biosecurity signage and disseminating new biosecurity materials within their region. Biosecurity materials, training resources and signage will be provided by APHA.

The contract runs until the end of March 2020.

Full details can be found on the advert here

Please note, the deadline for applications is the 6th September 2018

Please contact Alexia Fish, RAPID LIFE Project manager Alexia.Fish@apha.gsi.gov.uk with any questions.

RAPID LIFE Project: Contract advertised for small-scale IAS removal projects in priority areas

10 August 2018

RAPID LIFE Project: Contract advertised for small-scale IAS removal projects in priority areas
The RAPID LIFE Project is re-advertising a contract for a small scale IAS project in the RAPID South East region. This contract will fund INNS management work at a local / sub-catchment scale, targeting a highly impacted/vulnerable region within the South East. The work should deliver meaningful results and be strategic. The contract runs until May 2020.

Full details can be found on the advert here.

Alternatively, visit the government contract finder page and type “Rapid Life” into the search bar.

Please note, the deadline for applications is the 6th September 2018

Please contact Alexia Fish, RAPID LIFE Project manager Alexia.Fish@apha.gsi.gov.uk with any questions.

CABI update on progress with Weed Biocontrol Projects

07 August 2018

CABI update on progress with Weed Biocontrol Projects
The latest update from CABI on progress with their Weed Biocontrol Projects is now available. Download it here.

Web browser issues

07 August 2018

Web browser issues
We have received a number of reports of issues downloading documents from the website when using a Google Chrome browser. We are looking into this, but in the meantime we would recommend using an alternative browser to access links if possible.

Blog on angling's top 5 most wanted invasive species

30 July 2018

Blog on angling's top 5 most wanted invasive species
new blog from the Angling Trust:

"From Killer Shrimp to the Crays: Angling’s Top 5 Most Wanted Invasive Species

For anglers and fisheries everywhere, non-native plants, animals and viruses are an accident waiting to happen. So what are the easiest of all to unwittingly transfer to fisheries? Dom Garnett details five of the worst, along with ways we can all help stop their spread.

Read more here: https://linesonthewater.anglingtrust.net/2018/07/27/from-killer-shrimps-to-the-crays-anglings-top-5-most-wanted-invasives/"


New report published: 2018 Survey of Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviour in Relation to Non-native Species

20 July 2018

New report published: 2018 Survey of Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviour in Relation to Non-native Species
A new report has been published containing the findings of a recent survey of Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviour in Relation to Non-native Species. Download a copy here. The survey examines key stakeholder groups and the wider public, and follows a previous survey published by Defra in 2009, available here.

The survey was funded by the Check, Clean, Dry Biosecurity Partnership as part of a three year project to improve aquatic biosecurity.

Don't bring back more than you bargained for this summer

02 July 2018

Don't bring back more than you bargained for this summer
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block up waterways and banks, harm the environment, make paddling difficult, and damage boats and props. Water users could be spreading them from one waterbody to another without realising, as they can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread on damp equipment and clothing. Once established in a new waterbody they can become unmanageable.

Protect the environment and activities you love by remembering to Check, Clean, Dry to keep your kit free of invasive plants and animals. It’s important to do this every time you leave the water, but particularly if you’ve been abroad as you could bring back new invasive plants and animals on your kit. Make sure everything is clean and has been dried thoroughly before you use it again at home.


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