To improve the likelihood of early detection, the Initiative is currently running identification training workshops.

The purpose of the interactive workshops are to familiarise participants with aquatic and riparian INNS, including those now listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and to develop identification skills. The workshops include an overview of the listed species, their ecology, distribution and basic control measures as well as covering the importance of biosecurity. Theses workshops help us to develop an ‘early warning network’ by making as many people as possible aware of the species that are likely to arrive in our waters, and equip them with the knowledge to identify and report possible introductions of them.

Objectives:

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify and list characteristics of the species.

  • Describe the basic ecology of the species.

  • Understand impacts on the environment, the economy and health.

  • Understand the UK distribution.

  • Compare and contrast look-a-like species.

  • Understand basic control options available

  • Become part of the Cumbria-wide early warning and reporting network.

  • Understand and be able to carry out basic biosecurity measures.

  • Take away their own pocket ID guide for freshwater and riparian INNS.

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