IES webinar: Invasive Species & development

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Wednesday, 22 November 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Invasive and non-native species such as Japanese Knotweed or Giant Hogweed are typically species that are likely to cause ecological, social or economic harm in a setting outside their native range. They can alter and degrade the environment, reduce biodiversity, affect hydrology, impact land values, and hinder economic growth and development.

A variety of legislation on the prevention and management of invasive alien plant and animal species exists in the UK, and this webinar will provide an introduction to those species that frequently present a constraint to development, covering:

  • Introduction to invasive species
  • Legislation
  • Invasive flora and fauna
  • Impacts
  • Management

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Our Speakers

Peter Watson, Associate Ecologist, RPS Group
Peter is an Associate Ecologist and has extensive experience within the ecology sector specialising in invasive species, providing invasive species assessments, management plans, remediation strategies and control for a range of species primarily to support development. A full member of CIEEM and the RSB, he was a contributing author to the Non Native Weeds & Plants - Practical Management Book. Peter has also undertaken an ecological clerk of works role for several large infrastructure projects including large development sites, utility pipeline and cabling installations. Peter is currently an examiner for the Property Care Association Certified Surveyor of Japanese Knotweed (CSJK) qualification.

Phillipa Mahalski, Senior Ecologist, RPS Group
Phillipa has eight years’ experience working within multi-national, multidisciplinary consultancies. Phillipa has extensive experience in dealing with both private and commercial clients, working alongside planners and working in conjunction with local planning authorities. Phillipa’s main areas of expertise include Biodiversity Net Gain assessments, Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, invasive species surveys, protected species surveys and production and review of technical reports. Phillipa has acted as Ecological Clerk of Works on multiple sites for a range of protected species and habitats.

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