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What can I do?

Invasive non-native species are one of the top causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. Here in Britain they harm wildlife and the environment, cost the economy almost £2 billion a year, and can even impact on our health and way of life. 

Get involved

There are five simple ways that everyone can help to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species:

  • Keep any boats, clothing, footwear and equipment used in water free of invasive non-native species – remember to Check Clean Dry after use. 
  • Be Plant Wise and don't let your garden, pond, or aquarium plants enter the wild.
  • Take care of your pets, never release them or allow them to escape into the wild. It’s cruel and could harm other wildlife.
  • Record your sightings of invasive non-native species, particularly Asian hornet and other alert species.
  • If you enjoy being outside why not volunteer with a Local Action Group working on invasive species management. 

Our campaigns

Find out more about our campaigns and annual Invasive Species Week we run with partners: 

A white circle with a red outline contains dark blue text reading: Check Clean Dry  Blue and white text on a green circle reads: Be Plant Wise  Yellow text in a grey circle reads 'Invasive Species Week'

Guidance for you

View specific guidance and resources for different groups on preventing the spread of invasive non-native species:


Visit our training pages for free online training modules covering an introduction to non-native species, recording, identification of key species, and biosecurity, and links to other training resources and providers.

Watch a video

Learn more about what invasive non-native species are and how you can help prevent their spread: