Listed as one of the most important threats to wildlife conservation all over the world, but especially on small islands, WILDCONSCIENCE is eager to assist your organization with the removal and control of invasive species, and eradication when it is a management option.  Our staff has ample experience working with invasive plants and animals in terrestrial and aquatic environments.  We have expertise in the design of removal and control projects.  Additionally, through targeted monitoring efforts, we can provide quantitative assessments; and we can also get involved in a wide variety of activities, ranging from the preparation of management plans to the design of educational campaigns for the general public, emphasizing the negative impacts of invasive species, and the value of conserving biological diversity and ecosystem functions for future generations.




Pre/Early Invasion

Co-ordination and communication

Co-ordination with agencies and stakeholders at an early stage is essential, especially the Government and/or relevant departments, nature governing agencies, conservation based foundations, dive, nature and general tourism industries amongst others.

 

Education and outreach

Development of a plan to inform the general public and especially the stakeholders about the particular invasive species, potential impacts and the recommended way to report sightings and to safely handle specimens if necessary.

 

Establishing the magnitude of the problem

Developing a plan of research to establish baselines of the native community and population estimates of both invasive and particular native species (e.g. vulnerable native species likely to be affected.

 

Development of management plan

Taking into account the nature of the invasive species and other previous invasions in neighbouring territories, a strategy should be devised to manage the invasive species in order to control its population whilst minimizing consequent impacts on native species and habitats. Short term and long term goals should be set and be revised if necessary along with strategies for education, monitoring and control.




During Invasion

Education and outreach

This aspect is the most important part of any invasive species management scheme and needs to be continually conducted so that the general public and stakeholders are aware of the invasive species and its potential impacts and also ways in which they may be able to assist in control and management.

 

Monitoring

The growth of the species on an individual and population level should be monitored to determine whether control efforts are succeeding. The native community should also be monitored to determine whether the invasive species has caused any impact to particular species or habitats.

 

Control

Where feasible, attempts should be made to control the invasive species population using appropriate management techniques.