Best Practice in Citizen Science Workshop: Invasive Non-native Species

Please note that places for this workshop are limited. For further information, please email Sophie Isaacs:                

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1. Workshop Focus
UKEOF, in association with the Marine Biological Association, National Biodiversity Network, PEGASEAS and the British Ecological Society Special Interest Groups in Citizen Science and Invasive Species, are holding a workshop on 19th September 2014 at Charles Darwin House, London, on best practice in citizen science, with a focus on invasive non-native species.

This focus has been chosen as it is open and accessible to citizen science, and spans across both marine and terrestrial environments. There is current policy relevance in this area due to the proposed EU Regulation on non-native species.


2. Workshop Aims
The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Share knowledge on how citizen science has successfully been used to support the management of invasive non-native species
  • Discuss how citizen science could be further utilised for invasive non-native species management
  • Examine the data available to support invasive non-native species management, and discuss needs and aspirations for the future.

3. Agenda
Friday, 19th September - Charles Darwin House, London

am Chair: Jon Parr (MBA)
pm Chair: Deborah Procter (JNCC)

10.00 Arrivals - Tea and Coffee
1 10.30 Welcome and introductions Chair
2 10.35 An introduction to UKEOF Helen Beadman (UKEOF)
3 10.45 Keynote Talk: Invasive thoughts - Biosecurity perspectives from New Zealand (and the NBN Trust) John Sawyer (NBN)
4 Best practice in citizen science for the monitoring of invasive non-native species
4a 11.15 The successful use of citizen science in the monitoring of non-native species Chair
4b 11.25 Marine non-natives, issues, engagement and action in France and the UK PEGASEAS
Jack Sewell (MBA) 
4c 11.50 Freshwater invasive non-natives Chris Horrill (RAFTS)
4d 12.15 Engaging people in recording terrestrial non-native species in Britain and beyond Helen Roy (CEH)
12.40 Lunch
5 Pathways 
5a 13.30

Pathways for invasive non-native species

5b 13.40

Breakout groups on pathways:




Jan Maclennan (Natural England)
Paul Stebbing (CEFAS)
Olaf Booy (GB Non-native Species Secretariat) 
5c 14.15 Feedback from discussion groups Chair
6 Data - Current availability and future needs
6a 14.30

Current availability of data


Apps and INNS: Revolution or Evolution?

Paula Lightfoot (National Forum for Biological Recording)

Dave Kilbey (NatureLocator)

6b 14.50 Q & A Panel Chair
7 Upcoming EU regulation
7a 15.10 Upcoming EU regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species Olaf Booy (GB Non-native Species Secretariat)
8 15.25 Closing remarks Chair
15.30 Close

Please note that places for this workshop are limited. For further information, please email Sophie Isaacs: