What is an Invasive Non-Native Species? INNS are considered the second biggest threat after habitat loss and destruction to biodiversity worldwide. SNH and NE identified 988 and 2,271 non-native species present in Scotland and England respectively. However, a minority of non-native species can become dominant in the environment where they may impact on native species, transform ecosystems and cause environmental harm.
What is Biosecurity? “Biosecurity” can be described as: the protection of the economy, environment, and people’s health from the risks posed by unwanted exotic pests and diseases entering the country; and the control of endemic pests and diseases within the country.
What are we concerned about? Invasive Non-Native Species Crayfish plague Fish Diseases Amphibian Diseases Livestock Diseases
Pathways of spread Our movements Monitoring Inspection Transferring assets Working in the environment Capital works Maintenance Regulation Waste Water
How sure are you that you’re not spreading something?
Public awareness Non-Native Species Secretariat is coordinating a national communications campaign on biosecurity This campaign targets anglers, boat users and water users.
What we do: Plan route / surveys Talk to the landowner Park away from farm Have clean equipment & PPE Use on-site washing area Stay away from livestock Clean equipment before leaving Virkon S Spray bottle/pumps Bath/container Check & Dry equipment Keep records
Summary: Check, Clean, Dry Disinfect, where needed Report sightings Ask for advice: Paul Breslin x2789 Dawn Grundy x2644 Thank you