Wyre Estuary Biosecurity Plan

 The presence, spread and colonisation of invasive non-native species (INNS) within the Wyre catchment poses a serious threat to our native flora and fauna and our habitats. Over the last 30 years a large amount of work has been done to understand the spread, control and removal of INNS across the UK. Aquatic and terrestrial invasive non-native species also pose a considerable threat to fish and shellfish stocks within rivers, estuaries and coasts, they also foul boats which can come at a great cost to operators.  One of the common themes which has arisen from this work is biosecurity, the practice of preventing the spread of INNS by taking precautions to ensure that they are not moved between catchments, districts or nations.

In line with plans produced by statutory organisations we are now in a position to produce a biosecurity plan for the Wyre Estuary. It is our aim to ensure that the views of all stakeholders and users of the Wyre Estuary are incorporated within the plan. This is to ensure that people will take ownership of the plan and see that it is used to ensure that the Wyre Estuary is as resilient as possible in the face of marine, freshwater and terrestrial invasive non-native species.

 We are hosting a Biosecurity workshop on the 14th of July from 10 am to 12.30 pm, this will be held remotely on Microsoft Teams. The event will cover biosecurity, INNS and the creation of the Wyre Estuary Biosecurity Plan. From there we will begin to put the plan together, before undertaking consultation with attendees and making any changes needed with a view to publishing a plan by late August.

 If you would like to attend the workshop please get in touch.