South Atlantic invasive species project
RSPB worked with the five UK Overseas territories in the South Atlantic, to build capacity to deal with the negative impacts of invasive species.
- To increase regional capacity to reduce the detrimental impacts caused by invasive species in the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.
- 1 December 2006 - project started
- 14-19 May 2009 - regional project meeting
- 30 December 2009 - project ended
- Island-wide botanical surveys completed on St Helena and Ascension, resulting in rediscovery of the Bulbostylis neglecta, an endemic sedge which had not been seen for 200 years.
- Island surveys in the Falklands, finding new populations of Cobb’s wren, a Falklands endemic.
- Funds have supported fox surveys in the Falklands, botanical surveys on Tristan da Cunha and garden plant surveys in the Falkland Islands.
- Training has been delivered on Ascension, the Falklands, and Tristan da Cunha
- Invasive species education materials have been developed in the Falkland Islands
- Territory staff visited New Zealand to learn about aerial eradications and restorations from the Pacific Invasives Initiative and IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group.
- Training for border/quarantine staff took place in the Falkland Islands
- Island-wide botanical surveys took place on St Helena and Ascension
- Baseline surveys of plants and invertebrates took place on South Georgia
- Management plans for key invasive plant species are under development for St Helena and Ascension
- Support is being given to work to eradicate rats and foxes from islands in the Falklands
- A programme to eradicate wavy bittercress has started on South Georgia
- A review of Territories' legislation relating to invasive species was completed
PDF, 312Kb. The South Atlantic Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan was developed following a regional meeting on Ascension Island in June 2009. The document sets out priority actions related to invasive species management for the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories. 3 March 2011South Atlantic Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan
PDF, 234Kb. 27 January 2009Action to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the South Atlantic United Kingdom Overseas Territories