About Local Action Groups

A Local Action Group (LAG) is a group or project focused on reducing the risks and impacts associated with invasive non-native species in a specific area.

Whether you are a member of an existing group, or interested in setting up your own, the following information is available to help you:

What are Local Action Groups?

Find out more about Local Action Groups and their work below.

Find a group near you

Want to get involved? Check our list of Local Action Groups for a group or project in your area. If you can’t find one, consider setting up your own using our Local Action Group toolkit.

Annual Local Action Group workshop

Updates from the Local Action Group network at the most recent annual workshop.

Local Action Group Toolkit

Already part of a Local Action Group or planning to set up your own? Find useful resources and materials in our Local Action Group toolkit.

Other projects to coordinate local action on non-native species

Participants at the 2020 Local Action Group Workshop (January 2020)

Participants at the 2020 Local Action Group Workshop (January 2020)

What are Local Action Groups?

A Local Action Group (LAG) is a group or project focused on reducing the risks and impacts associated with invasive non-native species in a specific area.

LAGs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Some projects cover a county or region, while others focus on a single river catchment. The organic evolution of LAGs is partly due to the lack of interference from Government and national agencies. This has allowed a dynamic and growing network of LAGs to form, with LAGs now covering a large proportion of Britain.

What activities do they do?

The activities carried out by Local Action Groups are varied depending on the area they operate in. Common activities include:
  • Carrying out management of invasive non-native species.
  • Coordinating the efforts of local stakeholders carrying out invasive species management, to deliver a joined-up approach across a wider area.
  • Raising awareness of invasive non-native species and their impacts amongst the local community.
  • Sharing good practice with other groups and local stakeholders.
  • Helping local stakeholders to improve their biosecurity practices.

Why are Local Action Groups important?

LAGs are invaluable in delivering sustainable, long term management of certain invasive non-native species at a local and regional level. They also carry out a huge amount of work to increase awareness of the risks and impacts associated with invasive non-native species amongst their communities, and have helped to bridge the gap between high-level policy and local stakeholders.

What are the benefits of joining a Local Action Group?

The work of Local Action Groups helps native species and habitats to recover, and members have reported added benefits to their own health and wellbeing through exercise, a better connection with nature, and meeting new like-minded friends. Read more about the experiences of Local Action Group volunteers.

How does the NNSS support the work of Local Action Groups?

The GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) supports the work of LAGs in a number of ways, for example:
  • Holding an annual workshop for LAG staff and volunteers to exchange best practice and learn about GB-level progress and priorities.
  • Sharing relevant updates and information through the LAG mailing list.
  • Providing a toolkit of resources to help establish new LAGs and ensure the long term viability of existing LAGs.
  • Providing free hard copies of materials to help with awareness raising.
Please if you have any other needs and we will try to help where we can.

How do I join a Local Action Group?

Check this list of Local Action Groups. If you can't find anything close to you, .

I’m already a member of a project working on invasive species, how do we join the Local Action Group network?

! You can find useful resources in our Local Action Group toolkit, and meet other Local Action Groups by joining the Facebook group, or by attending our annual Local Action Group workshop.

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