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Management of Invasive Species in Ireland - Prevention and Biosecurity

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 6 February 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €395

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1


The course will provide engineers with knowledge of the high profile invasive species that are present in Ireland and the problems that they pose for the environment, economy, infrastructure and human health. The pathways whereby invasive species are introduced into and spread within the country will be highlighted as these have important implications for prevention and management. The current status of biosecurity in Ireland will be compared with that operating elsewhere in the world. Useful biosecurity protocols will be presented and innovative cleaning and disinfection methods and equipment will be demonstrated.

Course aim

The course aims to make engineers aware of the problems posed by invasive species (plant, animal or pathogen) and to provide them with best biosecurity practice solutions to prevent them spreading these species as they visit sites throughout the country. It will also update them on national and international legislation relating to invasive species and particularly to new biosecurity initiatives proposed.


  • Introduction to invasive alien species and why they are a problem.
  • Overview national and international invasive species legislation, including new and relevant elements in WFD and National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017 -2021.
  • What is biosecurity and what/where is current best practice worldwide
  • Status of biosecurity relating to invasive species (as opposed to pests) in Ireland
  • Best biosecurity practice to prevent the spread of invasive alien plant species: protocols, methods and equipment
  • How can effective biosecurity be promoted/enforced in Ireland
  • Practical session
    • how and where invasive species can hide
    • demonstration of biosecurity kits
  • Workshop session: examination of test cases and round-table discussion.

Discussion time will be incorporated into both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Learning objectives

The course will inform engineers of the important role that invasive species play in our natural environment and the relatively new role that particular species are playing in the construction industry (viz. Japanese knotweed).  The hallmarks of good biosecurity will be presented and results from research relating to biosecurity practice around the world will be compared with current biosecurity practice in Ireland. Lessons learned from elsewhere will be discussed in light of Ireland’s island status. Practical sessions will be used to show how easily invasive species (or their propagules) can evade detection and, hence, be inadvertently brought from an infested location to one that was previously invasive species free. Workshop sessions will explore prepared test cases and round-table discussions will follow to discuss what should be best biosecurity practice in different circumstances.

Who should attend

Engineers who encounter invasive species, in terrestrial or aquatic situations, as they go about their everyday duties should attend this course.

Why should I attend

The course will provide engineers with knowledge relating to invasive species and the principal mechanism by which they spread. It will further provide them with knowledge relating to best biosecurity practice and how it should be operated in different situations (e.g. construction sites, waterways, railway corridors, roadways).


Prof Joe Caffrey has worked as a Senior Research Scientist with Inland Fisheries Ireland for more than 30 years. Over the last two decades much of his work has focused on invasive species. His work has been very practical-based, researching and experimenting with methods of controlling nuisance invasives. He has spear-headed the development of weed control methods that are now operated worldwide. He has also been involved in the development of national and international legislation dealing with invasive species. Prof Caffrey is now a Director with INVAS Biosecurity, a company that provides a professional contracting and consultancy service that targets invasive species and biosecurity in aquatic and terrestrial situations. He provides training courses on invasive species and biosecurity to academics and practitioners in Ireland and abroad.

Make a Booking

6 February 2019


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.