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Environment group launches legal challenge over ‘alien’ tree species planting

An environmental protection group has launched a High Court challenge against a decision to allow what it claims is an “alien species” of tree to be planted at a site in Co Leitrim.  The action has been brought by the Save Leitrim Group (Save Leitrim Environmental and Biodiversity Group CLG), which claims the decision to allow Sitka Spruce to be grown at a forestry development on a 13.3-hectare si...
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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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