Identification of Invasive Alien Plants

A unique opportunity to develop skills in the identification of the approximately 40 species of invasive non-native plants listed on Sch. 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, using the extensive collection of plants in the glasshouses and gardens at Kew.

Do you know your Cabomba from your Pistia? When conducting baseline surveys one needs to be able to identify all 40-odd species of plant for which it can be an offence to transplant into the wild or take off site. This course will introduce you to all of these except the seaweeds, looking at most (but not all) of these plants in the glasshouses and gardens at Kew.

We will also consider similar-looking species that aren’t invasive/listed to help attendees ensure that these Sch. 9 plants are not missed during ecology surveys.

A summary of relevant legislation and some information on control of plant species will also be provided, though the main focus is on identification.

The training will reference guidance from the Environment Agency, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Non-Native Species Secretariat.

Entry to Kew Gardens is included in the course fee

With delegates attending this training from many different locations the potential to spread Invasive Non Native Species is considerable. Before attending this training please ensure you have cleaned, checked and dried all equipment (including footwear) and ensure all appropriate biosecurity measures are taken.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Land Managers/Wardens/Rangers, Landowners, Local Authority staff, recent graduates and students

Knowledge Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

Prior Knowledge:

No prior knowledge is required. Botanical ID skills can only help.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of invasive plant species.
  • Summary of relevant legislation.
  • Some information on control

The course fee does not include lunch. As this training is all held on site in the grounds of Kew, delegates may want to bring a packed lunch, but there are also cafes etc. close by.

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CIEEM Member: £120 / Non-member: £190






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