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Celebrating the work of Local Action Groups

Local Action Groups play a key role in reducing the impact of invasive non-native species. APHA's Local Action Group Coordinator has produced a summary infographic celebrating their work. 

Key statistics on Local Action Groups:

  • 78 Local Action Groups (LAGs) work in Britain, covering 64% of the land area.
  • LAGs work across all major habitats - terrestrial, freshwater and marine.
  • Their work includes:
    • managing invasive non-native species
    • awareness raising, education, and training
    • providing biosecurity support
    • coordinating local action
    • providing volunteering opportunities for the community
  • Over 2,300 volunteers helped manage invasive non-native species in 2023.
  • 45 species are managed by LAGs. The top five are:
    • Himalayan balsam
    • Giant hogweed
    • Japanese knotweed
    • Floating pennywort
    • Signal crayfish
  • 2 in 3 LAGs work in protected sites, helping to look after important habitats and rare plants and wildlife. 

Find out more about Local Action Groups.