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New book: Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain

23 March 2015

New book: Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain
Title: Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain
Date of publication: 12/3/15
Link: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/field-guide-to-invasive-plants-and-animals-in-britain-9781408123188/

Description from the publisher:

"The impact of invasive organisms is second only to habitat loss as a threat to biodiversity and yet, despite increasing ecological awareness, people remain largely unaware of these plants and animals and their potentially devastating impact. Although most biological introductions fail, many prove successful and these can prove disastrous for native fauna and flora.

This field guide will enable the identification of a range of invasive plants and animals now found in Britain. Though these species are of particular concern to conservationists there has previously been no unified guide devoted to their recognition. This book will act both as an ID guide, appealing to the amateur naturalist, and as an important tool for ecologists and land managers attempting to tackle the problem posed by invasive species."




Infrastructure Bill receives Royal Assent - bringing species control agreements and orders to England and Wales

13 February 2015

Infrastructure Bill receives Royal Assent - bringing species control agreements and orders to England and Wales
The Infrastructure Act 2015 became law yesterday (12 February 2015). While the Act primarily relates to infrastructure and development, it also introduces much needed powers to control invasive non-native species in England and Wales. The measures provide government agencies in England and Wales with powers to enter into control agreements and, if necessary, control orders with landowners to ensure action can be taken against harmful species on their land. The measures follow similar provisions introduced in Scotland by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.

The full Act can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/7/contents/enacted/data.htm

For more information on these provisions, please contact Craig Lee in Defra at craig.lee@defra.gsi.gov.uk



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