“Management measures for widely spread Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Northern Ireland”

Today, DAERA launch a six week consultation in relation to the  “Management measures for widely spread Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Northern Ireland”

The consultation documents can be accessed and downloaded at


The purpose of this consultation is to obtain your views on the management measures being considered by DAERA for species of Union concern which are widely spread in Northern Ireland pursuant to Article 19 of Regulation (EU) No. 1143/2014 (“the Principal Regulation”)[1]  on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.

Ways to respond

Consultation responses may be completed online by downloading the questionnaire and completing or alternatively by :

Send an Email – BCSGeneral@deara-ni.gov.uk

Write to by post;
Regulatory and Natural Resources Policy Division
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
2nd Floor
Klondyke Building
Cromac Avenue
Gasworks Business Park

There are 10 species of Union concern that have been identified as being widely spread in Northern Ireland. These are the species to which effective management measures must be applied. We will refer to these 10 species collectively as “widely spread species” or “species” singularly, throughout this document.

The 10 species identified are;


Nuttall’s waterweed (Elodea nuttallii), Chilean rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria), Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), Curly waterweed (Lagarosiphon major), American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), Parrot’s feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum).


Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), all subspecies of (Trachemys scripta) otherwise known as “slider terrapins” and New Zealand Flatworm (Arturdendvus triangulates)

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland