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Biosecurity and pathways

Biosecurity is about reducing the risk of introducing or spreading invasive non-native species (and other harmful organisms such as diseases). Pathways are the means by which non-native species are introduced or spread in Great Britain. 

This section provides guidance for improving biosecurity.  It also sets out work being carried out in GB to manage pathways of introduction and spread, including the development of Pathway Action Plans (PAPs).

Pathway Action Plans:

Pathway Action Plans provide guidance for different organisations and individuals on steps to take to reduce this risk. Pathway Action Plans have been drafted for:

  • Angling
  • Horticulture
  • Recreational boating
  • Zoos

Other biosecurity guidance:

Awareness raising campaigns:

  • Check Clean Dry - guidance for anglers, boaters and paddlers to keep your kit free from non-native species.
  • Be Plant Wise - guidance for gardeners and pond owners to help reduce the risk of spreading garden plants into the wild where they could become invasive.