Project Reference D-5 : Invasive Species Student Placement

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. Loughs Agency conducted a baseline invasive species survey in 2008 of the River Faughan.

A student placement would focus on invasive species along the River Faughan. This would provide a focused resource to conduct an up to date survey of the invasive species along the River Faughan, as invasive species spread rapidly. This information would assist in the production of an invasive species management plan for the River Faughan. This plan would be utilised to implement control measures for the identified invasive species. The student placement would conduct the surveys, produce the plan and liaise with land owners to commence and continue control measures to eradicate the invasive species from the River Faughan. Also, the placement student would be responsible for raising 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 (River Faughan 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. Loughs Agency conducted a baseline invasive species survey in 2008 of the River Faughan.

A student placement would focus on invasive species along the River Faughan. This would provide a focused resource to conduct an up to date survey of the invasive species along the River Faughan, as invasive species spread rapidly. This information would assist in the production of an invasive species management plan for the River Faughan. This plan would be utilised to implement control measures for the identified invasive species. The student placement would conduct the surveys, produce the plan and liaise with land owners to commence and continue control measures to eradicate the invasive species from the River Faughan. Also, the placement student would be responsible for raising 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 (River Faughan 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.