Delegate from across Europe met to discuss biosecurity
Delegate from across Europe met to discuss biosecurity

On the 16th and 17th September, Biosecurity for LIFE hosted an international workshop in Uppsala, Sweden. The project was represented by Project Manager, Thomas Churchyard and Laura Bambini and Karen Varnham from RSPB. We had delegates from 11 countries stretching from the Faroe Islands to Cape Verde all working in island restoration, invasive species eradication and biosecurity. The purpose of this workshop was to foster greater links between practitioners across Europe and discuss how Biosecurity for LIFE can support island restoration work through our project actions.

After a welcome from Professor Lotta Berg, the chair of Birdlife Sweden, we had sessions covering a range of topics from working with communities, eradication and biosecurity best practice and the need for a European advisory group. Presentations from delegates provided living examples of challenges and solutions in the field generating plenty of discussion and new links between projects facing similar issues.

It was an excellent two days with a passionate and energetic group of people. From the project perspective we now have a clear steer from practitioners on the direction a European advisory group for eradication and biosecurity could take and the functionality and resources required to make our legacy website a valuable tool for projects across the region.



December 2019

A little bit of winter sun

Whilst the UK was enjoying some typically damp December weather and gearing up for a general election Tom (Project Manager) and Laura (RSPB Seabird Restoration Manager) had been invited to present at a conference on the isle of Elba at the Resto Con Life project conference.

November 2019

November update

Welcome to the Biosecurity for LIFE November update. The exciting news from the last month is the team reaching full strength! We are really pleased to welcome Sarah Lawrence - who has come to us after spending the summer out on St Kilda monitoring seabirds - as the Biosecurity Officer for West and Central Scotland and Northern England. With everyone in place we are now able to deliver the project across all our seabird island SPAs and really focus on improving biosecurity. Read on to find out what has been happening across the UK.

October 2019

October project update

Hello and welcome to the first Biosecurity for LIFE project update! It has certainly been a busy first year since the project commenced and we’re really excited to be able to start providing you with more regular insights into the exciting world of UK island biosecurity.

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