The National Bee Unit (NBU) have detected a new Asian hornet nest in New Alresford, Hampshire.

The nest was promptly destroyed by the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) Wildlife Team and the NBU is continuing to search for further nests, with support from local beekeepers. As you may already be aware there have also been recently confirmed cases in Hull and Cornwall.  Two nests have now been destroyed in Cornwall […]

Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS 18 September 2018 Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today urged water users, both recreational and commercial to take precautions when visiting the River Blackwater catchment in Co Tyrone. The warning comes after some […]

Asian hornet sighting confirmed in Cornwall near Fowey

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Fowey area of south Cornwall. Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said: While the Asian Hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. […]

Risk of spread of marine invasive non-native species

Due to the recent destruction of structures within the marina at Holyhead, by Storm Emma, there is a concern that mobile debris will bring Didemnum vexillum (D. vex) to the eastern seaboard of Ireland. Some of the debris has turned up already on shores in Wicklow in the form of numerous small pieces of poly […]

New sighting of Asian hornet in GB

  See press release from APHA/DEFRA here…..https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-lancashire if you think you have seen one of these please enter your records at the 3 options highlighted on the poster below right. Please take photographs and submit them to assist confirmation by the experts;    

Fifth Outbreak of Crayfish Plague in Ireland

There is currently no confirmation that this outbreak is either related to the four previous ones, or a completely new strain of the contagious fungal disease, but tests are currently being carried out by the Fish Health Unit, in the Marine Institute, Galway to determine whether that is the case or not. An article in the […]

Beekeepers urged to be on lookout for Asian hornets

Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are being asked by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to be on the lookout for a hornet that kills our insects including honeybees. Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are being asked by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to be on […]

Inland Fisheries Ireland Issue Species Alert for Non Native Salmon Species

Inland Fisheries Ireland has appealed to anglers and the general public to remain vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon in Irish river systems. To date, 30 pink salmon have been recorded in  Irish rivers. Catches of pink salmon have been reported on the Foxford Fishery, Co. Mayo, the Coolcronan Fishery on […]

A reminder to pet shops from OATA

3 AUGUST 2017 Four popular pond plants must be cleared from shop shelves from today and can no longer be sold to the public. American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana), Lagarosiphon major and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) were banned from sale by the EU last year. Retailers were given 12 months to sell their stock. This deadline […]

Marine Pathways Project Newsletter July 2017

From a Northern Ireland perspective in relation to the 4 articles in this publication: Japanese Wakame occurs in Northern Ireland e.g. Carrickfergus and Glenarm A sample of Northern Ireland marinas are checked each year for non-natives species A Marine Biosecurity Planning Guide for Northern Ireland is in preparation American Lobster has also been recorded in […]

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland