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ESTABLISHED TAXA

Q - 1 Does the species currently have a widespread recorded distribution in Ireland? (3-very localised (only at one site); 2-currently recorded at two sites; 1-recorded at several sites in small geographic area {less than 10 hectads} or uncertain; 0-island wide
Q - 2 Is the species currently expanding it's range in Ireland? (0-no; 1-uncertain; 2-yes)
Q - 3 Is the species in its present range (including Ireland) known to be invasive i.e. to threaten species, habitats or ecosystems? (0-no; 1-uncertain; 2-yes)
Q - 4 Is there potential for this species to be spread intentionally or uninitentionally across Ireland? (0-no; 1-uncertain; 2-yes)
Q - 5 How widespread are suitable habitats to allow establishment of the species? (0-localised; 1-uncertain; 2-island wide {with respect to available habitats})
Q - 6 If the species becomes established, will it or has it negatively affected the conservation goals in a region (0-no, 1-uncertain, 2-species of domestic concern, 4- Affect either/both Natura 2000 sites and the goals of the WFD)
Q - 7 Is the species poisonous, or does it pose other risks to human health, and/or plant and animal welfare due to its parasites or pathogens? (0-no direct or indirect risks to human, plant or animal health; 1-poisonous, parasitic or carrier of pathogen/parasites to humans, plants or animals or uncertain; 2-poisonous, parasitic or carrier of pathogen/parasites to a protected species)
Q - 8 Has the species directly or indirectly caused economic losses in Ireland or elsewhere? (0-no economic impact, 1-low/unknown economic impact, 2- moderate economic impact, 3-high economic impact)
Q - 9 Are there effective control method/s that can be applied? (0- control methods highly effective with low resource requirement; 1-control methods highly effective but resource intensive with minimal ecological disturbance and/or destruction; 2-control methods highly effective but resource intensive and with a high degree of ecological disturbance and/or destruction; 3-none described or only ineffective control methods)
Q - 10 Are there societal factors that may hinder the control of the species? (0-none; 1-wider public opinion that may favour the establishment of the species; 2-difficulties associated with a co-ordinated response)
POTENTIAL TAXA

Q - 1 Is the species naturalized outside its native range? (0-outside continental Europe; 1-continental Europe; 2-Great Britain)
Q - 2 Does the species occur in a cold and/or warm temperte climatic region? (0-No; 1-uncertain; 2-cold temperate; 3-warm temperate) (click apprpriate map on right ->)
Q - 3 Is there a realistic pathway for unintentional introduction to Ireland? (0-no;1-uncertain;2-yes)
Q - 4 Is there potential for this species to be introduced intentionally? (0-no;1-uncertain;2-yes)
Q - 5 Are Irish habitats suitable to allow establishment of the species? (0-no;1-uncertain;2-yes)
Q - 6 If the species becomes established, will it negatively affect the conservation goals in a region (0-no, 1-uncertain, 2-species of domestic concern, 4- Affect either/both Natura 2000 sites and the goals of the WFD)
Q - 7 Is the species poisonous, or does it pose other risks to human health, and/or plant and animal welfare due to its parasites or pathogens? (0-no direct or indirect risks to human, plant or animal health; 1-poisonous, parasitic or carrier of pathogen/parasites to humans, plants or animals {or uncertain}; 2-poisonous, parasitic or carrier of pathogen/parasites to a protected species)
Q - 8 Has the species directly or indirectly caused economic losses at its home range or where it has become invasive? (0-no economic impact, 1-low/unknown economic impact, 2- moderate economic impact, 3-high economic impact)
Q - 9 Are there effective control method(s) that can be applied? (0- Highly effective with low resource requirement; 1- control methodology is highly effective but resource intensive with minimal ecological disturbance and/or destruction; 2-control methodology is highly effective but resource intensive and with a high degree of ecological disturbance and/or destruction; 3-none or only ineffective control methodologies)
Q - 10 Are there societal factors that may hinder the control of the species should it become established? (0-none; 1-wider public opinion that may favour the established species; 2-difficulties associated with a co-ordinated response)

Stage 1 assessments . . .