The National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC)
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national organisation which collects and manages data on Ireland’s biodiversity to document our wildlife resource and to track how it is changing over time.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
The NPWS is currently part of the Heritage Division of the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage. Among other roles, it is responsible for management of National Parks and Reserves, Nature Services strategy, licensing provisions under the Wildlife Acts, and biodiversity policy. It has a huge online resource of datasets including Habitat and Species, protect sites, woodlands, river and lake mappings etc.
National Invasive Species Database
A subdivision of the NBDC, The National Invasive Species Database provides a centralized source of up-to-date information on the distribution and status of invasive species in Ireland. It is a useful resource for information on Invasive Species, and also provides identification guides that freely available to download, print, distribute.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is responsible for managing and improving the country’s national road and light rail networks. At the end of 2020, it published a number of Technical documents. They cover a number of areas from the law pertaining to IAPS Management, IAPS Management Strategies, Planning, Construction and Maintenance. Most importantly, there is an attempt to standardise the recording and documenting of IAPS on a national level.
NRA publication on both Noxious (e.g Ragwort) and Invasive Alient Plant Species issued December 2010. Publication gives an overview of legislation and background to the issues, details on assessing risks at the Environmental Impact Assessment phase, appropriate control and treatment measures.
A valuable source of information on all species that are listed on the Invasive Alien Species (IAS) of Union Concern. The list is at the core of IAS Regulation introduced to tackle the issue on an EU-wide level. This is the list of priority species which require EU action to prevent, minimise or mitigate their adverse impacts.
Environment Agency: Managing Japanese knotweed on development sites: the Knotweed Code of Practice (2006, updated 2013) [withdrawn in 2016 because the Environment Agency no longer provides best practice guidance, but containing useful information]
Updated guidance document published by the Royal Institude of Chartered Surveyors for its members in the UK. Relevant as the original publication (2012) informed much of the UK policy regarding Japanese Knotweed.