Events & Courses

LISI runs a range of different events, workshops and courses throughout the year. Past events have covered topics including awareness raising of potential invasive non-native species, species management techniques, awareness raising on biosecurity issues and techniques to address these. New events and courses are advertised regularly, anything current is displayed below.

Twelfth Non-Native Species Stakeholder Forum


Tuesday 16th June, 2015

The Stakeholder Forum will help bring you up to date on the progress made since the last Forum in May 2014, as well as providing an opportunity to become actively involved in the development of non-native species policy.

This year is another critical year with the GB Strategy due to be re-launched and the EU IAS Regulation having come into force in January.

We are devoting most of the day to discussion of how we prioritise and implement the GB Strategy. We have talks in the morning that will provide an update on the EU Regulation, integration with other elements of biosecurity and prioritisation. In the afternoon we have workshop sessions which will concentrate on looking at the implementation of the GB Strategy.

Location: The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Cost: Free

Contact: Linda Raine, GB Non-Native Species Secretariat

Contact Phone Number:

Is booking necessary? Yes

Crayfish Conference 2015: Conservation and invasion across the British Isles


17- 19 August 2015

From the event organisers:

The first national crayfish conference for 5 years will be held at Giggleswick in The Yorkshire Dales, on 17-19 August 2015. Over the last 5 years, populations of native white-clawed crayfish have continued to decline across much of The British Isles, whilst the range of American signal crayfish continues to consolidate and expand. Almost uniquely in Europe, Ireland currently remains free of invasive non-native crayfish.

Traditional area-based conservation designations are failing to halt the decline of native crayfish, and in 2010 white-clawed crayfish was reclassified as “Endangered” on IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species. At the same time, American signal crayfish continue to be found in new areas, and additional INNS crayfish continue to be found in the wild. Over the last 5 years, there has been growing evidence of the broader ecological and financial impacts of invasive non-native species, and INNS crayfish in particular. Partly as a result of this, biosecurity is becoming an ever more important consideration, and Defra has introduced the Check-Clean-Dry campaign.

The EU has been working towards the development of a Strategy on Invasive Alien (Non-native) Species since 2008. In 2014, The European Parliament agreed plans to prevent the introduction or halt the spread of invasive alien species. New domestic legislation has been introduced in Ireland and Scotland, and the recent Law Commission review of wildlife law is expected to result in the most significant reform of species protection legislation in England and Wales since the creation of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in 1981.

The 2015 Crayfish Conference will bring together a broad range of researchers, practitioners, regulators and conservationists. Whether you are interested in crayfish in particular, or the issues related to crayfish conservation and INNS invasion in general, this will be an unmissable national conference.

Based at a 500-year-old seat of learning, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, and with a range of informative excursions within easy reach, this will certainly be a highlight of the summer. Convened by a charitable trust, together with The Environment Agency, a call for papers will be issued shortly. In the meantime, you can express your interest by visiting the website below, and we will keep you informed.

Location: Giggleswick School, Yorkshire Dales

Cost: TBA

Contact: TBA

Contact Phone Number:

Is booking necessary? Yes