Invasive species management for infrastructure managers and the construction industry

This book gives advice to manage invasive species to reduce disruption of construction projects.

CIRIA book 'Invasive species management for infrastruture managers and the construction industry'
CIRIA book 'Invasive species management for infrastruture managers and the construction industry'

Who wrote this?

  • Professor Max Wade BSc (Hons) PhD FIEEM
  • Olaf Booy BSc (Hons)
  • Vicky White BSc (Hons)

This was funded by:

  • Highways Agency
  • Defra
  • Countryside Council for Wales
  • Cornwall County Council
  • Metronet
  • Transport Scotland

Steering group:

  • Ric Collinson (chair), Atkins
  • Paul Beck with British Waterways
  • James Bullock, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Ian Cappitt, Faber Maunsell
  • Samantha Connolly, Balfour Beatty
  • Richard Coppard, Atkins
  • Angus Corby, Transport Scotland
  • James Davidson, SEPA
  • Steve Deeble, Edmund Nuttall
  • Angela Taylor, Defra
  • Peter Groutage, Highways Agency
  • Ian MacLean, JNCC
  • Mike McCabe, Countryside Council for Wales
  • James McFarlane, Cornwall County Council
  • Rebecca Smith, Metronet Alliance
  • Neil Strong, Network Rail
  • Huw Thomas, Defra
  • Ruth Waters, Natural England


It was first published in September 2008.


To help have a well-informed and structured approach to reduce the costs and increase the effectiveness of management, when faced with invasive species.

Who should read this?

Anyone who is dealing with management of a construction project that is threatened with invasive species.


This 250 page book is divided into three main parts:

Part A describes the impact invasive species have, and the legislation and policy that regulates their management. The management of any land holding begins with surveying and assessing the invasive species present or likely to invade into it. This information, coupled with the definition of the aims of management, feeds into a risk assessment leading to management options for dealing with invasive species: suppression, eradication and prevention. The final stage in the process is post-management surveillance, monitoring and maintenance to ensure any invasion or reinvasion is dealt with appropriately.

Parts B and C provide examples of invasive plant and animal species and species that could become tomorrow's invaders.

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