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INNS Out Scheme

Preventing the introduction and spread of Invasive Non Native Species (INNS)

INNS Out is a programme to support partnership projects that work towards preventing the introduction and spread of INNS especially where they have a detrimental impact on waterbodies or designated sites.

Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) are species that have been introduced by people (deliberately or accidentally) and are having a negative impact on the economy, wildlife and/or habitats. INNS threaten native species by spreading harmful diseases, out-competing for resources, or damaging a natural ecosystem.

We are committed to protecting and enhancing the species and habitats on our sites and across our operational area. As part of this commitment, we have set up the INNS Out scheme to support projects which prevent the introduction or spread of INNS where such projects will prevent the deterioration of a waterbody or reduce the threat to an environmentally designated site.

The purpose of the scheme is to enable local organisations, community groups or individuals from the public, private, voluntary and education sectors to address INNS risks within the catchments where we operate. Multi-stakeholder applications are also encouraged as combining interests, resources and capabilities will improve environmental outcomes. If you, or your organisation, are involved in a project that are trying to tackle invasive non native species, then the INNS Out scheme might be able to help you.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on 31 January 2021

What are we doing?

We are looking to support projects that are:

  • Preventing the introduction and/or spread of INNS.
  • In an environmentally designated site or along a waterbody within the Affinity Water operational area.
  • Contributing towards achieving Water Framework Directive objectives.
  • Asking for funding support up to £2,500 or volunteer support up to 250 hours.

Examples of potential projects could be:

  • Volunteers required for a ‘Balsam Bashing’ event (or similar).
  • Help in organising volunteer events.
  • Educational resources or training to identify and treat INNS.
  • Equipment for INNS treatment and removal.
  • Biosecurity initiatives to stop the introduction/spread of INNS. For example signage and biosecurity infrastructure.
  • Costs associated with the control, treatment, and removal of INNS.
  • Training for INNS treatment such as the spraying of Japanese Knotweed.

We will not be looking to fund projects that involve:

  • Survey only projects.
  • Research projects.
  • The creation of apps.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

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