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What can I do?

Last edited: Jan 26, 2023, 4:01 PM

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 over £1.7 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.
  • Look out for Asian hornet and other alert species and record your sightings.
  • If you enjoy being outside why not volunteer with a Local Action Group working on invasive species management. 

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.

Our campaigns

Visit our campaign pages to find out how you can get involved in raising awareness:

Invasive Species Week

Watch a video

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