Wales Working Group on Invasive Non-native Species

Welcome to the pages of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership Invasive Non-native Species Group

Rhododendron in Snowdonia National Park; an invasive Aesculapian snake; a ghost slug which is new to south east Wales

Terms of Reference

The remit of the Wales Invasive Non-native Species Group is:

  • To promote and facilitate local, regional and national co-ordinated and strategic action particularly for those species included in the
  • Priority Species for Action in Wales list as an integrated component of INNS action across Great Britain;
  • To raise awareness of terrestrial, freshwater and marine INNS and their impacts in Wales;
  • To promote best practice management actions and legislative requirements;
  • To promote the recording, reporting and dissemination of information in respect of INNS including survey information and species alerts;
  • To nurture the network of relevant specialists in Wales who will contribute information and advice on INNS to GB and local groups including Public Service Boards and groups developing and delivering the Area Statement objectives;
  • To promote the application of bio-security measures as an essential component of land, freshwater or marine management thereby helping to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading INNS; and
  • To promote and implement the GB INNS Strategy helping to put the objectives of the strategy into on-the ground action in Wales.

Scope of Group

To act as a source of INNS expertise in Wales and influence the decision-making process on INNS action in Wales. The Group supports the Nature Recovery Action Plan in Wales, in particularly Objective 4 to tackle key pressures on species and habitats.


Membership includes representatives from the public, private and third sector organisations. This includes the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales. A full list of members is available on the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website (external link).

Work Programme

The group meets on average three times a year. Its work programme is focused on action under 5 key topic areas - promoting action, raising awareness, sharing best practice, information exchange and expertise.

Useful links

Useful documents

Wales Invasive Non-native Species Group Newsletter 4 (PDF)
Cylchlythyr 4 Gr┼Áp Rhywogaethau Estron Goresgynnol Cymru (PDF)


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