Horizon scanning for non-native species

24 September 2020

Horizon scanning for non-native species
A Horizon scanning exercise conducted in 2019 has identified the top 30 non-native species likely to become invasive in Britain over the next ten years. Read more on horizon scanning and view the list.

Be Plant Wise and help our native wildlife to thrive by stopping the spread of invasive plants

23 September 2020

Be Plant Wise and help our native wildlife to thrive by stopping the spread of invasive plants
Today we’re relaunching the Be Plant Wise campaign as part of UK Plant Health Week! We’re asking retailers to take our pledge to support the campaign and order a free Be Plant Wise pack, and gardeners and pond owners to dispose of their unwanted plants responsibly this autumn to help prevent the spread of invasive plants.

Why are invasive plants a problem?

Many popular garden and pond plants are not native to Britain – they have been introduced from other parts of the world. While they can help us to create beautiful displays to enjoy, if they escape into the wild some can become invasive, harming wildlife and the environment, the economy, and even our health and the way we live.

Once established, invasive plants are costly to control and the damage they cause can be irreversible. Pond and aquarium plants can be particularly devastating if they escape into a natural waterbody.

How can I help to protect the environment while enjoying my garden?

We all want to look after the environment and our native wildlife for future generations to enjoy. Be Plant Wise by following our three simple tips:
  • Know what you grow – Choose the right plants for your garden, pond and water features.
  • Stop the spread – Keep your plants in your garden and don’t plant anything in the wild.
  • Compost with care - Dispose of your unwanted plants, roots, weeds, seeds, and seed heads responsibly.
Find out more on the Be Plant Wise website. Retailers can order a free Be Plant Wise pack with posters, leaflets and stickers to display in store and share with your customers.

19th-27th September is UK Plant Health Week, find out more on the International Year of Plant Health website (external link) or by following Nicola Spence, UK Chief Plant Health Officer on Twitter @plantchief.

Asian hornet nest destroyed in Hampshire

16 September 2020

Asian hornet nest destroyed in Hampshire
An Asian hornet nest was destroyed in the Gosport area of Hampshire on the 11th September, following a confirmed sighting of Asian hornet on the 8th September.

Read more on BeeBase (external link) and the Gov.UK Asian hornet UK sightings (external link) page

First external review of the IPBES assessment of invasive alien species now live

01 September 2020

First external review of the IPBES assessment of invasive alien species now live

IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) have announced the start of the external review for the first order draft of the chapters of the IPBES thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control (IPBES invasive alien species assessment).

The period for this first external review is from 31 August to 18 October 2020.

This assessment will assess the current status and trends of invasive alien species, their impacts, their drivers, their management, and options for policy to deal with the challenges they pose. The assessment takes into account various knowledge and value systems including local and indigenous knowledge. The assessment will be solution-oriented and will provide policymakers with flexible and pragmatic response options, including strategies for prevention and adaptive management of invasive alien species.

One of the most important phases in the IPBES assessment process is the external review by interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision makers, practitioners and other knowledge holders. The widest-possible participation and most diverse engagement of experts in this first external review is vital to ensure the scientific quality and policy relevance of this assessment.

If you would like to participate as an expert reviewer in this external review, please follow these steps:

  • Register as user of the IPBES website if you have not already done so;
  • Apply to become an expert reviewer for individual chapters of the invasive alien species assessment (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website user)
  • Once registered, you will immediately receive an email providing confidential access to the draft chapters and will be requested to submit your comments in English using a template that is available on the same webpage.

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