Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) in construction, Liverpool

26 April, 2017 | 18:30 - 19:30

Japanese Knotweed.
Japanese Knotweed.

About this event

The presence of invasive non-native species, especially Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), on development and construction sites can often involve delays to work. However, an understanding of the growth mechanisms of invasive non-native species and causes of spread can greatly reduce this and save time and costs through differing contextual solutions to each situation.

This talk will cover:

  • Invasive non-native species in the UK
  • The law
  • Invasive non-native species on construction sites
  • Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, and Giant Hogweed
  • Japanese Knotweed: common misconceptions, management and control options
  • A 'Biosecurity state of mind' – the most important part of practical working around invasive non-native on development and construction sites

Speaker: Damian Smith BSc(Hons) PhD – Senior Ecologist at AECOM

Complimentary buffet and tea/coffee will be served from 6pm.

Organised by the ICE Merseyside.


For further information, please contact:

Irina Lavina
t: 07530827543


Damian Smith

Damian Smith

Damian Smith BSc (Hons), PhD, is a Senior Ecologist at AECOM and is a Certified Surveyor of Japanese Knotweed through the Property Care Association. Damian has extensive experience in construction and in particular working with invasive non-native species in the role of an Ecological Clerk of Works.

Through the Ecological Clerk of Works role, Damian has developed and supervised management options for the control and removal of Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed. These management options are as diverse as each location and as future management dictates. Damian is keen on anyone working in or around invasive non-native species to adopt a 'biosecurity state of mind' which goes a long way in preventing the potentially illegal, injurious and the environmentally damaging spread of these species into the wild. This approach is also able to make significant savings for project budgets.