Project Reference D-1 : Invasive Species Education Project

Invasive species are one of the major causes of biodiversity loss. Derry’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan outlines objectives, which involve raising awareness of invasive species and to produce an invasive species action plan.

This project aims to raise awareness of invasive species within the Faughan area. Derry City Council conducted a Biodiversity Awareness Survey in 2010, which found that 47% of the general public could identify an invasive species. This project aims to increase awareness to 75% in the Faughan area, to assist in the identification and control of invasive species. This will involve producing press releases, radio and newspaper interviews, organising workshops, seminars and events, to raise awareness of invasive species. This will assist in the management and help prevent the spread of invasive species.

Several sites (Faughan River corridor, Oaks Wood, Killaloo Wood and Claudy Country Park) have been associated with invasive species (Japanese knotweed, Giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, Rhododendron and Snowberry). The landowners in these areas will be targeted, to provide guidance and training on invasive species management, to prevent the further spread of these species.

Invasive species are one of the major causes of biodiversity loss. Derry’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan outlines objectives, which involve raising awareness of invasive species and to produce an invasive species action plan.

This project aims to raise awareness of invasive species within the Faughan area. Derry City Council conducted a Biodiversity Awareness Survey in 2010, which found that 47% of the general public could identify an invasive species. This project aims to increase awareness to 75% in the Faughan area, to assist in the identification and control of invasive species. This will involve producing press releases, radio and newspaper interviews, organising workshops, seminars and events, to raise awareness of invasive species. This will assist in the management and help prevent the spread of invasive species.

Several sites (Faughan River corridor, Oaks Wood, Killaloo Wood and Claudy Country Park) have been associated with invasive species (Japanese knotweed, Giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, Rhododendron and Snowberry). The landowners in these areas will be targeted, to provide guidance and training on invasive species management, to prevent the further spread of these species.