Crayfish in Britain: Native and Invasive Non-Natives
6 September 2012
Rye Meads RSPB Reserve, Hertfordshire
Tutor: Paul Bradley MIEEM
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
(NB This workshop was originally due to take place on 27 March 2012, but has been rescheduled for 6 September).
Invasive non-native crayfish, of several species, are becoming an increasing dominant component of freshwater systems throughout southern Britain.
This new workshop will provide a unique opportunity to see most of the crayfish species that now occur in the wild in Britain.
With special permission from the Environment Agency, we aim to show participants live American Signal Crayfish, Narrow-clawed (Turkish) Crayfish, Red Swamp Crayfish, Virile Crayfish, and native White-clawed Crayfish. We will also provide an introduction to all other non-native species that have been recorded, or might be illegally introduced to Britain. The invasion ecology of each species will be described.
With the economic and ecological impacts of invasive crayfish in Britain becoming increasingly apparent, the workshop will provide an introduction to dealing with invasive species and conserving the region’s natives.
IEEM Members: £90 (£80 if booked before 6 July 2012)
Non- Members: £180 (£160 if booked before 6 July 2012)
Who should attend this workshop?
Those who would like to gain an authoritative introduction to invasive non-native crayfish species and native white-clawed crayfish in Britain.
The workshop will contribute knowledge and experience to those wishing to work towards a licence to survey white-clawed crayfish, as set out in new IEEM Technical Guidance.
Anything participants need to know/read before coming on the training event, or need to have with them?
Current information accessible via Environment Agency website, and other background reading on crayfish in Britain, freshwater biosecurity, related freshwater ecology, and conservation framework. Please bring gear suitable for outdoor fieldwork, including wellies or waders, which must be clean, free from any dirt, and suitable for disinfection. Sunscreen, insect repellent etc
What will participants learn from the workshop? (learning outcomes)
Participants will gain and introduction to crayfish in Britain, including licensing, biosecurity, identification, biology, survey & monitoring, plus conservation priorities. Newly evolving guidance on dealing with invasive non-native crayfish at development sites will also be presented
|Date||06 Sep 2012 - 10:00|
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