Education and schools

Invasive non-native species are one of the top threats to global biodiversity, cost the economy over £1.7 billion a year, and can even impact on our health and the way we live. Their impacts affect us all, and we can all help to prevent their spread.

Below are free resources designed to educate young people about this issue:


Older students can take the non-native species e-learning to learn more about non-native species (opens in a new window). 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 (opens in a new window) 

Find out how to identify more species by downloading Identification Guides (opens in a new window) 

Search the gallery for images of non-native species (opens in a new window) 


Download a leaflet with guidance on aquatic biosecurity

Visit the Check Clean Dry pages for more information on aquatic biosecurity (opens in a new window)

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