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Mapping INNS across England

INNS Mapper is a web-based system for submitting INNS records as well as reporting surveys and treatment of invasive species across England. The software allows entry of data, including nil results, along riparian and coastal areas. The ability to see data over time can be used by local action groups to track where species have appeared or where treatment has reduced abundance. INNS Mapper can help in creating effective plans for fighting INNS across catchment, regional and national scale.

Funding from RAPID enabled Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to expand the system to include all of England, based on the five RAPID regions. Since the RAPID LIFE Project ended INNS Mapper has been updated. View the new INNS Mapper


AQUA - Pilot Biosecurity Accreditation Scheme

About the Scheme

AQUA (Aquatic Quality Award) is a biosecurity accreditation scheme that was trialled as a regional pilot in the South West region of England through the RAPID LIFE Project. It was run by Bristol Zoological Society (alongside South West Water and the Animal and Plant Health Agency) through RAPID LIFE and is designed to help reduce the spread of invasive non-native species.

It is a way to reward water asset managers for excellence in biosecurity and be recognised as actively conserving their site to maximise native aquatic diversity. There are the three levels of the award, bronze, silver and gold - so there is opportunity for participants to gain a bronze level of accreditation and work towards the silver and gold levels. We hope that this scheme could eventually be rolled out to the rest of GB.


RAPID LIFE was a European Union funded project led by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in partnership with Natural England and Bristol Zoological Society and supported by a number of further technical partners.