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Invasive Species in the Midlands

An evening seminar in support of Invasive Species Week hosted by the IFM Midlands Branch. Event starts at 18.15

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25 May 2021


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May 25th 18.15 - 20.00

The Midlands Branch of the IFM are delighted to be hosting this evening of talks looking at invasive non native species. The event will be supporting Invasive Species Week (more details here)

The speakers on the night are

David Aldridge (Cambridge University) – Invasive bivalves in the Trent catchment and Lincolnshire rivers: origins, impacts and management options.

Cormac Meenehan (Environment Agency) – Invasive Fish

Nicola Craven – (Lincolnshire Rivers Trust) – Pennywort on the Witham Project

Lincolnshire Rivers Trust in partnership with the Environment Agency is tackling floating pennywort in the Witham Catchment. We have commenced a strategic approach to eradication Our talk will feature the progress so far and what we hope to accomplish in the next 12 months, the challenges that need to be considered. and the likely consequence if we don't get it under control.

Simone Guareschi (Loughborough University) - Implications of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) on the biomonitoring metrics and functional diversity of rivers: Dikerogammarus haemobaphes case study

There is limited understanding of the sensitivity of existing biomonitoring tools to invasive species in rivers; and even less known regarding how they influence community taxonomic and functional measures. Utilising a long-term dataset (2000-2019) from rivers in England, the performances of macroinvertebrate-based indices were examined before and after the colonisation of the invasive species, Dikerogammarus haemobaphes (Crustacea: Gammaridae). 

The research illustrates the need to consider the wider threats posed by invasive species on the long-term integrity of freshwaters and the efficacy of freshwater biomonitoring tools. Implications of multiple invasions in rivers are also briefly discussed.

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