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 the e-learning to learn about non-native species. 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

Find out how to identify more species by downloading Identification Guides

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

Search the gallery for images of non-native species


Guidance on practising biosecurity

Download leaflets with guidance on biosecurity for:

Visit the Check Clean Dry pages for more guidance on aquatic biosecurity

Educational materials

Wildscreen, a charity working globally to promote an appreciation of biodiversity and nature through the power of wildlife imagery, recently undertook a new project to help raise awareness of invasive non-native species, with help from the NNSS, Local Action Groups, and other experts.

The project involved the production of a number of educational resources for primary and secondary schools:

Educational resources for 7-11 year olds

Educational resources for 11-14 year olds

More activities

Invasive species quiz


Control methods for non-native aquatic and riparian plants

Safe disposal of waste plant material

Health and safety

Further training and advice

Find links to training courses and experts

View our recommended reading list

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