non-native species

This guide is to provide a methodology and action plan to rapidly detect newly introducted non-native potentially invasive plant species so that they can be eradicated before they have a chance to establish themselves.

This guide is intended to be used by those working in biosecurity, with the aim of empowering the Biosecurity Officer and other government officers in South Georgia to rapidly detect nonnative species of terrestrial invertebrates caught on sticky traps. It is not intended to enable government staff to identify terrestrial invertebrates to species level, for this further assistance will be required from a relevant specialist, but it will help staff to detect and prioritise potential invasive species.

In 2016 the project Tackling Invasive Non-Native Species in the UK Overseas Territories was initiated, funded through the FCO’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). The project objective is “to improve the biosecurity of the OTs against invasive non-native species to improve their environmental resilience and food security; achieved through reducing the risk and impact of invasion and natural hazards via technical assistance and capacity building”.

This guide is intended to be used by those working in biosecurity, with the aim of empowering the Biosecurity Officer and other government officers in South Georgia to rapidly detect nonnative species of terrestrial invertebrates caught on sticky traps. It is not intended to enable government staff to identify terrestrial invertebrates to species level, for this further assistance will be required from a relevant specialist, but it will help staff to detect and prioritise potential invasive species.