Devon Invasive Species Initiative (DISI)

A small steering group of interested partners has developed the new Devon Invasive Species Initiative (DISI) under the umbrella of the Devon LNP.  The first meeting was held in November 2016.

The Devon Invasive Species Initiative is a GB Non-Native Species Secretariat Local Action Group (LAG), which ensures it is kept aware of national priorities and projects and given us access to expertise across the country and beyond.

DISI has five main areas of focus:

    • Raising awareness of invasive species.
    • Improving the sharing of records/mapping of invasive species across Devon.
    • Sharing good practice guidelines.
    • Sharing/promoting good biosecurity measures.
    • Researching funding opportunities around invasive species.

Dates, agendas and minutes for/from our previous meetings can be found here – DISI steering group meetings

 

Non-Native Species Identification – Identification of invasive non-native species is an essential part of invasive species management. DISI is in the process of developing ID sheets to help provide identification assistance for invasive species found in Devon.

Japanese Knotweed by watercourse

Japanese Knotweed by Watercourse

Partners have developed  a Priority Invasives List for Devon. If you have any comments on the draft list please email tom.whitlock@devon.gov.uk

Partner projects – DISI has a range of organisational partners which have established projects in tackling invasive species in the county.

Please note, there will not be a separate Invasives Forum established. All communication  will occur via the Devon LNP.  Please contact Tom Whitlock if you would like to be added to the LNP Forum.

If you would like to find out more about the evolving initiative or join the Steering Group please contact Kate Hills or Jeremy Peirce.

Himalayan Balsam Infestation on the River Torridge ©CABI

Sources of information

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