Invasive Species Week

From 29 February - 6 March 2016 organisations across Britain are working together to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and prevent their spread. Find out what’s going on and how to get involved below, and keep up to date on Twitter by searching for #InvasivesWeek and following @CheckCleanDryGB.

What's happening during Invasive Species Week 2016?

29 February – Welcome to Invasive Species Week!

It's Invasive Species Week across England, Scotland and Wales. Keep an eye on the @CheckCleanDryGB Twitter page to find out about more about the problem and what you can do to help. Take our free biosecurity e-learning module to learn about how to avoid spreading invasive non-native species, and you could win a copy of the Field Guide to Invasive Plants & Animals in Britain!

1 March – Celebrating five years of Check Clean Dry!

The Check Clean Dry campaign is five years old! To celebrate we’re dedicating today to aquatic biosecurity and asking everyone to make a 'biosecurity pledge'. Stay tuned to find out what you can do to reduce your risk of spreading invasive non-native species.

2 March – Meet our Local Action Groups!

Local Action Groups across Britain are giving their time to help prevent the harmful impacts of invasive non-native species by carrying out practical management, raising awareness and educating people about how to stop them spreading. We’ll be highlighting some of their fantastic work and asking you to #getINNSvolved.

3 March – Junior Invasive Species Heroes!

Today we’re celebrating some of our younger invasive non-native species heroes! Look out for some weird and wonderful entries to our design an invasive species challenge.

4 March – Find out what our partner organisations have been doing!

We are working with some fantastic partner organisations to raise awareness and tackle the threat posed by invasive non-native species and prevent their harmful impacts. We’ll be sharing some of the brilliant work they do.

5-6 March – Check Clean Dry at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show!

We’ll be at the Dinghy Show with long-time Check Clean Dry champions The Green Blue who are challenging younger visitors to the show to help stop the spread of invasive non-native species by taking part in a fun competition! We’ll also be encouraging boaters of all ages to Check Clean Dry.

How can I get involved?

If you're inspired by the great work going on to prevent invasive non-native species from spreading and reduce the impacts of those which already have, why not get involved and make a biosecurity pledge to:

  • Join a Local Action Group on invasive non-native species.
  • Take our free online training to learn more about invasive non-native species, how to identify them, and how you can prevent them from spreading.
  • If you're a keen angler, boater, canoeist, kayaker, walker etc and part of a club, become a Check Clean Dry champion and for free materials you can share with other members to raise awareness. 
  • If you're a gardener or pond owner, Be Plant Wise and stop your plants from spreading into the wild.
Email us at or upload a tweet with #InvasivesWeek to let us know what you're going to do!

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