This is the
Target 10 Homepage
which co-ordinates actions and organisations in understanding and controlling problem species.
Ireland's National Plant
is a response to the
Global Strategy for
This webpage acts as the focal point and clearing-house for progress in implementing this Strategy
Hottentot Fig eradication on Howth Head
28th February 2011
Hottentot Fig (Carpobrotus edulis) is a popular garden plant from South Africa. It is also an aggressive
invader of coastal habitats, forming dense mats to the exclusion of all other plants.
On the drier eastern coasts of Ireland, especially on Howth Head it poses a serious ecological threat.
The Gardens has been running an intensive erradication program along with Conservation Services and the
EU Life+ project CAISIE
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7th February 2010
CAISIE - Control of Aquatic Invasive Species and Restoration of Natural Communities in Ireland
is an EU Life+ and Department of the Environment and Local Government funded programme which will contribute
to the understanding and control of 12 aquatic invasive species in Ireland, in particular in Lough Corrib, the
Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation. A team of three researchers will be based at the Central Fisheries stores near
Moycullen until 2013. See the Casie website for further details
Invasive Species Ireland website launched
15th February 2008
The Invasive Species Ireland project is a joint venture between the Environment and Heritage Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Invasive Species Ireland Report.
Ban on most invasive species to be tabled next year
14th November 2007
The Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, is to make new regulations under section 52(6)(a) of the Wildlife Act to ban the sale of a number of the most invasive alien species early in the new year.
Removing Floating Pennywort on the Ards Peninsula
13th November 2007
The National Trust and Environment and Heritage Services (NI) removed several hundred tons of Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) from the Glastry Clay pits on the Ards Peninsula.
All-Ireland priority plant species
read more here . . .
11th April 2007
The following thirteen species have been designated as the most significant invasive plants in Ireland.
For each species an assessment needs to be made, to determine whether the taxon is both adequately
researched, and is vulnerable to control or eradication measures.
Stage 2 Assessments for Plants
Elodea canadensis & Elodea nuttallii
11th April 2007
Those species scoring more than 17 in the Stage 1 assessment were then re-assessed in Stage 2 with a further set of questions.
Stage 1 Assessments for Plants
Stage 2 questions . . .
Stage 2 assessments . . .
11th April 2007
At the first meeting of the Invasive Species Forum, a methodology that had been developed by Quercus, were reviewed by a stakeholder group.
Ten questions allowed species to be screened in an objective manner by various traits. 217 Established aliens and 46 potential aliens were assessed in this manner:
Inaugural meeting of Invasive Species Forum
Stage 1 questions . . .
Stage 1 assessments . . .
29th November 2006
The meeting provided an introduction to the Invasive Species in Ireland Programme as well as Technical Working Group meetings that looked at
Species selection, Risk assessments; Identification of persons/organisations for wider stakeholder forum and a Forward agenda for each of four
working groups: Terrestrial, Freshwater, Marine, Education and Awareness.
Report from first meeting . . .
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