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.
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.
Find out more about our campaigns and annual Invasive Species Week.
Guidance for you
View specific guidance and resources for different groups on preventing the spread of invasive non-native species:
- Gardeners and pond owners
- Clubs and managers of waterbodies
- Event organisers
- Retailers of plants
- Environmental professionals
- Government field staff
- Local Action Groups
- Site workers
- Schools, universities, and young people
Find out more about the awareness raising campaigns we run with partners to share guidance 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.