LIFE IP Wild Atlantic Nature are developing a multi-actor community-led pilot project, which seeks to develop local capacity to implement habitat restoration actions in and adjacent to three SACs in counties Mayo and Galway. It builds on a successful preliminary project based in the Bundorragha catchment in Co. Mayo in 2022. Although the primary focus will be rhododendron control, a training module for further peatland restoration methods will also be developed. This request for tender seeks a suitable contractor to run the community-led project. It aims to extend the current rhododendron control programme within the Mweelrea/Sheeffry/Erriff Complex SAC to the greater SAC and to targeted areas within the Connemara Bog Complex SAC and the Twelve Bens and Garraun Complex SAC. It also seeks to expand local capacity to implement other peatland restoration actions such as fencing, drain management and conifer removal.
Collaboration with the local community and relevant stakeholders, is an integral part of the proposal as well as collaboration with the other working groups of similar projects throughout the region.
A key remit of LIFE IP Wild Atlantic Nature is to source complementary funding outside of this core project budget and in the context of this request for tender, these works are being funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Tenders are invited for a suitable contractor to deliver all aspects of this project over the course of the next year.
To address a number of common misconceptions about non-native species risk assessments, the following points should be noted:
– Risk assessments consider only the risks posed by a species. They do not consider the practicalities, impacts or other issues relating to the management of the species. They therefore cannot on their own be used to determine what, if any, management response should be undertaken.
– Risk assessments are advisory and therefore are part of the suite of information on which policy decisions are based.
– Completed risk assessments are not final and absolute. They are an assessment based on the evidence available at that time. Substantive new scientific evidence may prompt a re-evaluation of the risks and/or a change of policy.
American mink (Neovision vison) are an invasive non-native species (INNS) that were introduced to Northern Ireland for commercial fur farming in the 1950s, the first documented escape occurred in 1961 when 30 mink escaped from a fur farm near Omagh (Deane & O’Gorman, 1969). By 2003, when fur farming was banned, mink had become wildly established throughout Northern Ireland.
Some of the core provisions of EU Regulation 1143/2014 which deal with, among other things, bringing into the territory of the Union, keeping, breeding, transporting and placing on the market, species included on the list of invasive alien species of Union concern ( the “Union list” ) come into force on the 3rd August, 2016.
The first “Union list” of 37 species consisting of 23 animals and 14 plants came into force, following the publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation (2016/1141), in the Official Journal of the Union on the 14 July, 2016.
(Since 2016), legislation is being prepared in Ireland to deal with issues, such as penalties for breaches of the Regulation, which are a matter for each Member State
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The ‘Union list’ comprises species whose potential adverse impacts across the European Union are such that concerted action across Member States is required:
PLANTS American skunk cabbage Lysichiton americanus Asiatic tearthumb Persicaria perfoliata (Polygonum perfoliatum) Curly waterweed Lagarosiphon major Eastern Baccharis Baccharis halimifolia Floating pennywort Hydrocotyle ranunculoides Floating primrose willow Ludwigia peploides Green cabomba Cabomba caroliniana Kudzu vine Pueraria lobata Parrot’s feather Myriophyllum aquaticum Persian hogweed Heracleum persicum Sosnowski’s hogweed Heracleum sosnowskyi Water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes Water primrose Ludwigia grandiflora Whitetop weed Parthenium hysterophorus
ANIMALS Amur sleeper Perccottus glenii Asian hornet Vespa velutina Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis Coypu Myocastor coypus Fox squirrel Sciurus niger Grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis Indian house crow Corvus splendens Marbled crayfish Procambarus spp. Muntjac deer Muntiacus reevesii North american bullfrog Lithobates (Rana) catesbeianus Pallas’s squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus Raccoon Procyon lotor Red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii Red-eared terrapin/slider Trachemys scripta elegans Ruddy duck Oxyura jamaicensis Sacred ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus Siberian chipmunk Tamias sibiricus Signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus Small Asian mongoose Herpestes javanicus South American coati Nasua nasua Spiny-cheek crayfish Orconectes limosus Topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva Virile crayfish Orconectes virilis
The main pressure in this waterbody is hydromorphology from channelisation, which changing the hydrological and morphological dynamics of the river.
In terms of hydro morphology, there are historic OPW arterial drainage schemes, liaising with the OPW will be required to determine how to restore the waterbodies affected in the Owenriff PAA to their natural habitat. There are also historic land drains leading into the four river waterbodies in the PAA that maybe transporting volumes of sediment to the waterbodies, drain blocking will be required in these cases.
Invasive Alien Species (IAS) provide a threat globally to the environment, to native biodiversity, biosecurity, the economy, animal, plant and human health. Recognising these threats, the Water Forum commissioned a scoping study to provide strategic guidance on the management of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Ireland.
The research aimed to provide insight into how IAS establishment and spread might be restricted and what actions are required to improve the management of established IAS.
The research states that many of the most problematic IAS have been introduced to Ireland in the past 20 years and that a significant number of high impact IAS are predicted to arrive in Ireland in the next 10 years resulting in devastating environmental consequences.
The authors highlight the changes in governance and policy that are needed to improve IAS management on the island of Ireland and to significantly reduce future invasions and potential economic costs.
The Water Forum recently commissioned a scoping study to provide strategic guidance on the management of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Ireland. The research aimed to provide insight into how IAS establishment and spread might be restricted and what actions are required to improve the management of established IAS.
The report recommends changes in governance and policy, that has the potential to radically improve IAS management on the island of Ireland and to significantly reduce the forecasted economic costs of treating established IAS on the island.
The report states that many of the most problematic IAS have been introduced to Ireland in the past 20 years and that a significant number of high impact IAS are predicted to arrive in Ireland in the next 10 years resulting in devastating environmental consequences.
Recommendations highlights the need for national IAS legislation coming into force in 2021, which must be implemented, enforced and resourced, preferably by one responsible agency. A key challenge to IAS management is fragmented and uncoordinated action. The research recommends the establishment of a single lead division with overall responsibility for IAS management who would oversee an All-island Strategy for IAS Management and a National Biosecurity Programme.
There is also a need to develop education and awareness programmes with key messages relating to IAS management and the implementation of good biosecurity practice. A range of training courses dedicated to specific stakeholders (Gov. agencies, garden centres, pet shops, retailers) should be delivered.