Publication of the Invasive Non-Native Species Didemnum Vexillum Action Plan

15 July 2021 The British-Irish Council Environment work sector tasked the Invasive Non-Native Species subgroup with producing an Action Plan to address the issues associated with the invasive non-native tunicate Didemnum Vexillum.   This Didemnum Vexillum Action Plan was finalised and received Ministerial approval at the BIC Environment work sector Ministerial meeting held virtually in November 2020.  The […]

First discovery of population of Quagga mussel in Ireland

The National Biodiversity Data Centre has issued an Invasive Species Alert for Quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) in Ireland. As this is also a potential threat to catchments in Northern Ireland, DAERA have upgraded the Potential status on the Invasive Species Ireland website to Established and also added to their Species Alerts  DAERA will also […]

First evidence of Chinese mitten crab breeding in Ireland

Biodiversity Ireland have issued an Invasive Species Alert for Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis).  One berried female with eggs showing signs of development to Zoea stage, was captured by net on 25th January 2021 in Waterford harbour. Another female was photographed 25th December 2020. Chinese mitten crab has been record twice previously in Waterford harbour, […]

NPWS confirms first discovery of a live specimen Asian hornet in Ireland

“The National Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has confirmed that a single specimen of the invasive alien species Asian Hornet has been found in Ireland. This marks the first identification of the species in the wild in Ireland. The single specimen was found ‘alive but dying’ in […]

First confirmed 2020 Asian hornet sighting in G.B.

The National Bee Unit has confirmed the sighting and monitoring is underway to detect any other Asian hornets in the vicinity. The Asian hornet is no greater risk to human health than our native wasps. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and work is already underway to monitor for any hornet activity […]

DAERA publish Management Measures for Widely Spread Species

The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) publish management measures for the 11 designated Widely Spread Species (WSS) in Northern Ireland – 

AFBI flag ‘High Alert’ for oak processionary moth

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) have issued a plant and human health warning due to oak processionary moth being found recently in Dublin on planted oak trees imported from Belgium. Whilst the adult is a grey-ish non-descript moth, it is the caterpillars that give the moth its name and present a risk to both […]

DAERA publish the Northern Ireland Rapid Response Contingency Plan for Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax)

DAERA publish the Northern Ireland Rapid Response Contingency Plan for Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs have published a Rapid Response Contingency Plan in preparation for the possible arrival of the Asian hornet to Northern Ireland. As nests and sightings of this invasive non-native species continue to be […]

Another Asian hornet confirmed in GB!! 1st October 2019

There has been another record of an Asian hornet confirmed in G.B. this time in Christchurch, Dorset. Please help us raise awareness about this non – native invasive species. We would ask the public to report any suspect sightings immediately. In Northern Ireland please enter them @ or use the Asian Hornet Watch app for iPhone […]

Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland – Public Discussion Document – have your say…

The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views on the potential scope, scale and ambition of Northern Ireland’s first environment strategy. We’re using NIDirect’s Citizen Space to collate responses to a public discussion document on a future Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland.

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland