Non-Native Species Information Portal
The Non-native Species Information Portal (NNSIP) provides a central repository for distribution data and information about non-native species in Britain. Launched in 2011, the Portal (hosted here on the NNSS website) provides basic information about all non-native species in Britain and more detailed factsheets for 300. The main aim of the project is to improve the recording and flow of non-native species distribution in Britain and provide a central repository of useful information accessible to all stakeholders.
The project is overseen by a steering group, of which the members are:
- Contractor: Biological Records Centre (plus subcontractors British Trust for Ornithology and Marine Biological Association as appropriate)
- Chair: Defra non-native species policy
- GB Non-native Species Secretariat
- Defra NEG science team
- Environment Agency
- Natural England
- Scottish Government
- Welsh Assembly Government
Specific objectives of the NNSIP project are to:
- Collate existing data on the introduction, distribution and impact of non-native species.
- Analyse trends in the rate of non-native species introduction, spread and impact.
- Summarise and report significant changes in the distribution or abundance of non-native species
- Establish a system of alerts for the interception of new introductions.
- Identify data gaps and instigate additional biological recording.
- Horizon scan for emerging threats
- Compile species profiles for key invasive species
- Make species profiles available on web-pages hosted by the Non-native Species Secretariat, alongside information on interceptions, introductions and distribution of non-native species.
- Assess the scope for participation by the general public in the process of data collection for a number of species.