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.
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.
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
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.