Local action groups

One of the key roles of many Local Action Groups is to raise awareness of invasive non-native species. There are a range of materials available to help with this, for use with different audiences. Even if your LAG has limited opportunities to provide training for others, you should still find these useful as your volunteers will need to have a certain amount of knowledge about the species and habitat being managed.


Take free e-learning on non-native species (external link). Available modules include:

  • an introduction to non-native species
  • identification and recording
  • identification of key freshwater plants
  • identification of key freshwater invertebrates
  • identification of key riparian plants

Identification and recording

Download a training pack (ZIP) you can use to train staff and volunteers

Identification Guides for a range of non-native species

Invasive non-native plants associated with fresh waters (PDF) - a guide to their identification developed by Scottish Natural Heritage

Images of non-native species to use in training


Guidance on practising biosecurity in the field

When working in the aquatic enviroment remember to Check Clean Dry after leaving the water to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species. Download leaflets to educate staff, volunteers and local stakeholders:

Educational materials

Materials for schools


Control methods for non-native aquatic and riparian plants

Safe disposal of waste plant material

Health and safety

Further training and advice

Training courses and experts

Recommended reading list

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