Invasive non-native species are one of the key threats to global biodiversity, and are likely to remain a serious problem in the future with ongoing increases in trade and travel. Raising awareness of the harm they can cause, and the ways that everyone can help to prevent their spread, is key to helping reduce their impact.  

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.

Wildscreen educational resources:

Educational resources for 7-11 year olds

Educational resources for 11-14 year olds

More activities

Invasive species quiz


Older students can take the non-native species e-learning to learn more 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

Search the gallery for images of non-native species


Download a leaflet with guidance on aquatic biosecurity

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

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