There are many aspects to Site Management when Invasive Species are involved. Japanese Knotweed Ireland offers services and consultation in the following areas
From project inception, the subject of Invasives should be addressed. Whether it is highlighted through the Appropriate Assessment or a specific Invasive Species survey, early identification can significantly reduce cost and delays, then if left until a project if underway.
Biosecurity is an integral part of dealing with Invasive species. Inadequate or non-existent biosecurity measures have often been the cause of making a small problem, a much larger one. As with above, biosecurity should be considered from project inception, whether its securing a site from fly tipping, access during Ground investigations works or site clearance works etc.
A Management Plan in its simplest form is an action plan on how the Invasive Species will be dealt during the course of a project. They can be dynamic as the project evolves and are used to inform all interested parties on the procedures, restriction and remedial actions planned during the project. Management Plans are often sought by Planning authorities as part of a Planning submission when Invasives are known to exist on site.
Once Invasives species have been identified, Treatment programmes can be drafted to best tackle the species involved. Each species is different, and the correct delivery of treatment is necessary to best achieve control and eradication. Records of treatments should be kept as is required under current legislation, and these are also important to inform future parties of remedial actions undertaken.
Transport of materials containing Invasive plant species requires licensing from the National Park and Wildlife Service. If a project requires material to be moved off site to a suitably licensed waste facility, a license will be required. This license is subject to a successful application process. Japanese Knotweed Ireland undertake these applications from start to finish, including identifying a suitable waste facility and haulier, carrying out Waste Acceptance Criteria testing, and provision of Final Validation reports to close out the license post remedial works.