Writing and implementing your island biosecurity plan

These resources will help you to carry out:

  1. Prevention
  2. Surveillance
  3. Incursion
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Writing and implementing your biosecurity plan

Writing and implementing your biosecurity plan

This page provides guidance and advice on how to protect your island from invasive non-native species by creating a biosecurity plan.

There are three main sections in a biosecurity plan: Prevention, surveillance and incursion response.

Simple prevention actions, barriers, can be put in place quickly to reduce the risk of non-native species reaching the island. To do so you need to identify the native species that are at risk, identify and involve island stakeholders, identify the non-native species that pose the greatest risk and consider the pathways by which these species could reach the island. Once you have this information barriers can be identified and implemented. Take a look at the resources listed to the right for guidance and advice on how to do this.

The next stage: head to the resource sections for 'surveillance' and 'incursion response' for the next sections of your plan

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Planning 22 March 2021

Background to the project and overview of terms

Here we give an overview of the most important term sin biosecurity including; - Surveillance (ongoing and intensive) - Incursion response

Thomas Churchyard Biosecurity for LIFE Project Manager, Scotland
Planning 22 March 2021

Island Biosecurity Plan template

Use this template to write your biosecurity plan. It has the relevant sections you need and is a very handy tool to ensure you have a robust plan.

Tessa Coledale Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, Wales and Northern Ireland
Planning 22 March 2021

Examples to inform writing ‘actions for prevention’

This document provides examples of pathways and barriers which can therefore be put in place, giving you a starting place to write your preventions actions.

Sarah Lawrence Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, Scotland
Planning 22 March 2021

Stakeholder management

Biosecurity involves the efforts of every stakeholder of the island (boat operators, tourists, businesses on island or delivering good to the island, community members)

Jaclyn Pearson Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, United Kingdom
Planning 22 March 2021

Creating a 'barrier' plan

The main aim of the prevention plan is to prevent (re)incursion events by identifying barriers you can place along pathways to obstruct the movement of invasive species.

Afra Skene Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, Shetland and Orkney
Planning 22 March 2021

Site description and risk species

Here you need to identify and describe characteristics of the island that will affect biosecurity measures.

Thomas Churchyard Biosecurity for LIFE Project Manager, Scotland
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