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The challenges of long-term invasive mammal management: lessons from the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Aileen Mill, Dr Pete Robertson, Dr Alastair Ward



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2020.

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We consider the motivations, strategies and costs involved in invasive mammal management undertaken in the UK. Widespread established invasive mammals require long-term management to limit damage or spread, but ongoing management is costly and complex. Long-term management is most effective where it is applied at a landscape scale, but this requires overarching co-ordination between multiple stakeholders. Five challenges for successful long-term management of invasive mammal species are identified as: defining landscape scale strategies, management co-ordination, stakeholder and community engagement, sustainable funding and evidence requirements. We make recommendations on the supportive infrastructure needed for effective landscape-scale management of invasive mammals to fulfil long-term conservation aims, as follows. 1. There is a need for evidence-based Invasive Species Action Plans to provide strategy for the long-term ongoing management of prioritised species at appropriate scales. 2. Where possible, multispecies approaches to invasive species management should be adopted. 3. Trusted leadership should be identified to take ownership of Action Plans and provide an overarching co-ordination to bring individuals, organisations and funders together. 4. Support for a centralised hub for training, data and knowledge flows will greatly improve scientific outcomes through a searchable evidence base and best practise and knowledge sharing.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mill AC, Crowley SL, Lambin X, McKinney C, Maggs G, Robertson P, Robinson NJ, Ward AI, Marzano M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Mammal Review

Year: 2020

Volume: 50

Issue: 2

Pages: 136-146

Print publication date: 01/04/2020

Online publication date: 28/02/2020

Acceptance date: 06/11/2019

Date deposited: 08/03/2020

ISSN (print): 0305-1838

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2907

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/mam.12186


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