Dublin City Council Rose Festival in St. Anne’s Park
INVAS Biosecurity would like to thank Dublin City Council for inviting us along to the Rose Festival and Niamh Ni Cholmain for her help on the 16th and 17th July. The event was a credit to all those involved and everything was helped along by the fine weather.
Keen interest in invasive species shown by those attending from the general public. Information was available from the INVAS Biosecurity stand on several high profile invaders. Live displays and artificial models of Himalayan balsam, Giant Hogweed and our least favorite Japanese knotweed, but to name a few were on display. We also had several aquatic alien invaders such as Crassula helmsii, Elodea nutallii and Lagarosiphon major. There was great interest in learning about the key features and impacts associated with some of the most problematic species. The plants were collected and disposed of while adhering to strict protocol by INVAS Biosecurity staff.
INVAS Biosecurity is pleased to learn that, at last, the EU has adopted the list of invasive alien
species of Union concern (i.e. those that require action across all Member States in the EU). The actual
Regulation (No. 1143/2014) will come into force some 12 days after the publication of this list, which
is towards the end of July 2016.
While we all have been waiting a long time for this important EU Regulation to be implemented,
INVAS has some concerns regarding the actual species that are not included in the short (37) list. It is
clear to all those who work closely with invasive species, in Ireland and elsewhere, that a number of
key invasives are not included here. Still, this is not a time to be moaning and it has been made clear
that the list will be updated, as deemed necessary. Let’s hope that some of the species not listed but
that are currently impacting on biodiversity and ecosystem function (e.g. Elodea nuttallii, Crassula
helmsii and of course the knotweed species, among others) will find their way onto the updated lists.