This is the
Target 10 Homepage
which co-ordinates actions and organisations in understanding and controlling problem species.

Ireland's National Plant
Conservation Strategy

is a response to the
Global Strategy for
Plant Conservation

This webpage acts as the focal point and clearing-house for progress in implementing this Strategy


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Risk assessments for 24 plant species in Ireland
August 2014

Inland Fisheries ireland (IFI) and The National Biodiversity Data Centre have developed risk assessments based on the Non-native species APplication based Risk Analysis (NAPRA) tool. NAPRA was developed by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) and adapted for Ireland and Northern Ireland by Invasive Species Ireland.
A total of 42 peer-reviewed assessments have been undertaken on those species considered most significant because they are subject to trade.
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The National Biodiversity Data Centre
August 2013

The National Biodiversity Data Centre has a dedicated website of information on Invasive Alien species. This provides access to data on the distribution of 59 priority invasive and potentially invasive plant species in Ireland. As well as allowing access to the database of species, the centre provides the opportunity to submit sightings and receive species.
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European Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens on Invasive Alien Species
June 2013

Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the Council of Europe have published a Code of Conduct for Botanic Gardens written by Vernon Heywood and Suzanne Sharrock. This code anticipates the passing into law of an EU Directive on Invasive Alien Species. As one of the prime sources of exotic flora in any district, Botanic Gardens are prime locations for public education on Invasive Alien Species.
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Horticulture Code of Practice
April 2012

The revised version of an Horticultural Code of Practice for Ireland has been producd by John Kelly of the the Invasive Species Ireland Project. The Code is voluntary and aims to promote good practice that, if followed carefully, will help to ensure compliance with legislation and prevent the spread and introduction of invasive species in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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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 Heritage Council.
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EU Life+ project CAISIE
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.
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All-Ireland priority plant species
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.

Azolla filiculoides
Carpobrotus edulis
Egeria densa
Elodea canadensis & Elodea nuttallii
Fallopia japonica
Gunnera tinctoria
Heracleum mantegazzianum
Hydrocotyle ranunculoides
Impatiens glandulifera
Lagarosiphon major
Myriophyllum aquaticum
Spartina anglica


Nymphoides peltata

Stage 2 Assessments for Plants
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 2 questions . . .
Stage 2 assessments . . .

Stage 1 Assessments for Plants
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:

Stage 1 questions . . .
Stage 1 assessments . . .

Inaugural meeting of Invasive Species Forum
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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TARGET SPECIES

Azolla filiculoides
Carpobrotus edulis
Egeria densa
Elodea canadensis
Elodea nuttallii
Fallopia japonica
Gunnera tinctoria
Heracleum mantegazzianum
Hydrocotyle ranunculoides
Impatiens glandulifera
Lagarosiphon major
Ludwigia grandiflora
Myriophyllum aquaticum
Spartina anglica Nymphoides peltata



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