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Management of Invasive Alien Species in Ireland – report

Management of Invasive Alien Species in Ireland - report 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 recommend...
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EU asks Ireland to explain lack of plan to tackle invasive species

EU asks Ireland to explain lack of plan to tackle invasive species Ireland has been asked by the European Commission to explain why it has not established a plan to tackle invasive species getting into the ecosystem, despite regulations being laid down seven years ago.  Far from being the only offender in the EU, Ireland was among 18 member states cited by the Commission for failing to implement ...
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Alien species and the EU Water Framework Directive: a comparative assessment of European approaches

Although the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) does not refer explicitly to alien species (AS), it is clear that invasive AS (IAS) are considered a pressure on WFD water bodies. This article discusses the results of a questionnaire sent to all EU Member States, demonstrating considerable variability in the way that AS data are used in implementing the WFD. Responses were received from 18 co...
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Cork County Councillors disagree on how to stop Japanese knotweed invading private estate

Fears have been raised that shifting Japanese knotweed around a site designated for social housing in West Cork could put nearby private properties at risk by undermining building foundations. A Cork County Council meeting heard yesterday the invasive plant is to be moved from one part of the site, in Clonakilty, to another section where it will be entombed and sealed with plastic.  Japanese kn...
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Invasive Species Week, 23-29 March 2018

Image courtesy of National Biodiversity Data Centre According to the National Biodiversity Data Centre, the number of invasive species in Ireland has increased by 183 per cent in the past 50 years. Invasive species were estimated to have cost the economies of Ireland and Northern Ireland a combined total of over €261million in 2013 and are a major threat to our native flora and fauna. At ...
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Landowners – Know your Invasive Alien Weed Species

Although they may actually look attractive and provide great cover - BEWARE.  These are invasive species of weeds which are now being controlled by  EU regulations. The European Commission has recently added a further nine plant species to the current list of 14 species covered. The invasive weed species can be divided into two groups: In October 2017, Ireland’s 3rd National Biodivers...
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Japanese Knotweed – the battle continues

Japanese Knotweed - the battle continues “Properties, roads, farmland and wasteland in the country could be disrupted by the invasive 'alien' Japanese Knotweed plant if it is not treated correctly”, writes Michelle Hogan of the Leinster Express Following a survey of Co. Laois, up to 60 locations have been identified as areas that have the invasive Japanese Knotweed plant present. Homes This in...
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Japanese Knotweed

Know your Japanese Knotweed or Pay the Price Japanese Knotweed is classified as one of the top 100 worst invasive species worldwide, and it can cause serious damage to houses and buildings. Knotweed’s capacity to grow from fragments has important implications for control, with movement of knotweed-infested soil being one of the main reasons for its rapid spread across Ireland. The number-one rul...
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