Everyone can provide useful biological records of non-native species, and with the development of online recording sites and smartphone apps it is now easier than ever. Non-native species records help us to understand how many of these species are present in Britain, and the rate at which they are spreading.

Species to record

There are a range of recording schemes available covering a variety of non-native species, but it is particularly important to record alert species. Early identification of these could help to prevent future problems from developing.

Keep up to date with new alert species here.

Current alerts include:

Where to send your records

We recommend submitting your records online, or through a smartphone application as these are fast and efficient. See below for a number of recommended schemes.

Online recording schemes


Use for: General use

Records of any non-native species can be uploaded to iRecord. Register for a free account which will allow you to view and manage all of the records you have submitted. You can also submit records of native species.

Recording Invasive Species Counts (RISC)

The RISC project brings together recording schemes run by a range of organisations. Use it to submit records of 21 invasive non-native animals and plants.

Smartphone Apps

All apps currently available for iPhone and Android.

Asian Hornet Watch

Use for:
potential Asian hornet sightings

Asian Hornet Watch was developed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Use it to help monitor for the alert species Asian hornet, an invasive predator of honey bees and other insects. Asian hornet was first spotted in the UK in September 2016 and a nest quickly removed, but there is a chance this species could reappear this spring. Use Asian Hornet Watch to browse photo galleries and key identification information for this and other similar species, and submit possible records quickly to help prevent it from becoming established.

To download the app, search Asian Hornet Watch on Google Play or the App Store.

If you don't have a smartphone you can submit records online or by email to (with a photo if possible).
That’s Invasive!

Use for: General recording

That’s Invasive was developed through the RINSE project to provide a unified recording system for Europe. Choose from three languages and use the inbuilt photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 36 invasive plants and animals.

Aqua Invaders

Use for: Invasive freshwater species

Aqua Invaders was developed collaboratively by the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, British Sub Aqua Club, Biological Records Centre and University of Bristol. Use the built in photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 26 invasive freshwater aquatic species, including 12 fish species.
Plant Tracker

Use for: Plants

Plant Tracker was developed by the Environment Agency, University of Bristol and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Use the built in photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 14 invasive plant species.
Sealife Tracker

Use for: Marine species

Sealife Tracker was developed by the British Sub Aqua Club, Marine Biological Association, Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, University of Bristol and the Biological Records Centre. Use the built in photographic ID guides and ‘confusion species’ galleries to identify and record 25 marine species; 11 invasive species and 14 climate change indicators.
iRecord Ladybirds

Use for: Ladybirds!

iRecord Ladybirds was developed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Bristol as a tool for the UK Ladybird Survey. Use the inbuilt identification guides to identify and record UK ladybird species, including the invasive Harlequin ladybird.
Conker tree science leaf watch

Use for: monitoring conker tree health

Leaf Watch was developed by the Universities of Bristol and Hull. Use it to help scientists monitor the spread of an invasive leaf mining moth causing harm to Conker trees.
IFI Invasive Species

Use for: invasive species recording in Ireland

Stop the threat of Invasive Aquatic species in Ireland. The Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has developed this app to help in the verification of invasive aquatic species in and around Irish waterways. This app is supported by the EU CIP ICT Habitats and Life+ CAISIE program.

Use for: monitoring ash tree health

Help scientists to understand how ash dieback disease spreads, and to identify potentially resistant trees. This project is being led by the University of East Anglia's Adapt Low Carbon Group.
Tree Alert

Use for: monitoring tree health

Britain's trees are under unprecedented threat from new pests and diseases. Help the Forestry Commission to identify trees that might have problems - particularly ash, oak, horse chestnut, pine or spruce trees - so they can find out more or take appropriate action.

Looking to get more involved in identifying and recording wildlife?

If you get involved in the recording schemes above and enjoy looking for non-native species, you may become interested in recording other wildlife. If so, take a look at iSpot, a website aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature.

Once registered, you can add an observation to the website, suggest an identification yourself, or see if anyone else can identify it for you. Take a look and get more involved in recording wildlife today!

I don't have access to the internet

If you are unable to upload your records online, you can send them by email or post to:

The Biological Records Centre
CEH Wallingford
Maclean Building
Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB

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