Environmental professionals

Invasive non-native species can be easily spread around by anyone working in the field. Use these materials to learn more or teach others about non-native species, how to identify them, and how to prevent their spread:


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
  • biosecurity
Identification and recording

Find out more about non-native species using the Non-native Species Information Portal

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


Guidance on practising biosecurity

Download a leaflet with guidance on aquatic biosecurity

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


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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