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List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern updated

21 July 2017

List of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern updated
On 13 July 2017 the European Commission published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1263 which will add a further 12 species to the current list of 37 species regulated under the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation (1143/2014).  Find out more here.

Species Control Provisions: Code of Practice for England

17 July 2017

Species Control Provisions: Code of Practice for England
On 17 July, Defra published its “Species Control Provisions: Code of Practice for England” which sets out how the provisions for species control agreements and orders contained in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 should be applied by environmental authorities. These powers ensure that, in appropriate circumstances, landowners take action on invasive non-native species or permit others to enter the land and carry out those operations, to prevent their establishment and spread.

Download a copy here.

New Non-native species job: Non-native Species Specialist

11 July 2017

New Non-native species job: Non-native Species Specialist
Non-native Species Specialist
Animal and Plant Health Agency
£28,040 pa - £31,680 pa
Sand Hutton, York
Permanent

The Non-native species specialist will provide technical guidance and delivery support primarily to UK Government in delivery of domestic policy on invasive non-native species (INNS) and its obligations under existing European Union Regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. The post holder will be responsible for growing and managing a portfolio of projects within the National Wildlife Management Centre on non-native species and their management. This will range from research into risks posed by non-native species and management of those risks, through to delivery of invasive plant and animal control projects within the UK and overseas.

Initially the job will focus on delivering the RAPID LIFE project, which aims to establish a new strategic framework to enhance management of INNS across England. This will involve working with locally-based stakeholders to coordinate efforts to maximise the impact of the project and to meet the targets included in the GB INNS strategy.

To apply, please visit https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1547849

Closing date: 28 July 2017

New paper: risk management to prioritise the eradication of new and emerging invasive non-native species

20 June 2017

New paper: risk management to prioritise the eradication of new and emerging invasive non-native species
The team at the Non-native Species Secretariat has led the development of a novel risk management tool to prioritise the eradication of new and emerging invasive species in Britain. Experts from across Britain helped to trial the scheme on 41 species, identifying priorities for eradication of established species with limited distributions and contingency planning for species likely to invade in the future. The Non-native Risk Management scheme (NNRM) is one of the first risk management schemes for invasive species in Europe and provides essential evidence to support prioritisation in GB.

The open access paper is avilable here: Risk management to prioritise the eradication of new and emerging invasive non-native species


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