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Events and activities

Below are some of the events taking place during Invasive Species Week 2024 that you can take part in, including our series of daily webinars. If you are hosting an event that isn't shown here, please contact us. Jump to:

Images from Invasive Species Week 2023: New Forest Non-native Plants Project, Bristol Zoological Society, Angling Trust, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative

Events

Monday 20th May

  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. Introduction to Invasive Species Week. With Professor Helen Roy (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Lucy Cornwell (NNSS). Watch a recording.  
  • Volunteering event: 09:30-15:00. Floating pennywort removal at Stonebridge lock, N17 0XD. Paddle UK, Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust. Find out more and register
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Langsett Reservoir, South Yorkshire, S36 4GY. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Booking not required. 
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 

Tuesday 21st May

  • NNSS webinar: 12:00-12:45. Using eDNA to detect invasive non-native species. With Dr Lori Lawson-Handley, University of Hull. Find out more and register
  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. INNS surveillance and rapid eradication in Scotland. With Stan Whitaker, NatureScot. Find out more and register
  • Webinar: 12:00-13:00. Progress towards eradication in Aberdeen; successes to date and challenges ahead. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Find out more and register
  • Webinar: from 19:30. A series of talks on conservation detection dogs. Ecology & Detection Dog Britain and Ireland Working Group. 
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 
  • Event: All day. Boardwalk opening at Countess Wear, Exeter. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 

Wednesday 22nd May

  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. Non-native Species Inspectorate update. With Courtney Graham and Zoe Golding, Non-native Species Inspectorate, APHA. Find out more and register
  • Event: 10:00-12:00. Rockpool event. St Cuthbert's Island, Lindisfarne. 
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Adel Dam Nature Reserve and Golden Acre Park, Leeds. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Booking not required.
  • Event: 12:00-15:00. Awareness raising pop up stand. Lerwick Museum, Shetland. Booking not required
  • Talk: from 19:00. What biosecurity is, why it is important, and how people can get involved to help safeguard our seabirds. Islesburgh Centre, Shetland. Booking not required.
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required.
  • Volunteering event: from 10:00. Removing Sour Fig (Hottentot Fig) at Rocquaine, Guernsey. The Guernsey Conservation Volunteers. Find out more and register.  

Thursday 23rd May

  • NNSS webinar: 15:00-16:00. Invasive non-native species impacts and response on the island of Anguilla. With Anguilla Government and Anguilla National Trust. Find out more and register.
  • Event: from 09:30. South West Invasive Species Forum. Canalside Conference Centre, Somerset. Find out more and register
  • Volunteering event: 10:00-14:30. Floating pennywort removal event on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, Plox Brow, Tarleton. Angling Trust, Paddle UK, United Utilities and Canal & River Trust. Find out more and register. 
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 
  • Training course: 10:00-12:00. Invasive species surveying. Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Denham. Find out more and register

Friday 24th May

  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. Supporting local action on invasive non-native species: INNS Mapper and the Floating Pennywort Strategy. With Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency. Find out more and register
  • Volunteering event: 09:30-15:00. Floating pennywort removal at the Fossdyke Navigation & Catchwater Drain, Lincoln, LN1 2BG. Paddle UK, Angling Trust, East Mercia Rivers Trust and Rivercare. Find out more and register
  • Volunteering event: 11:00-13:30. Balsam bash. Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Lurgan, County Armagh. Contact DAERA to register. 
  • Event: All day. Awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 

Saturday 25th May 

  • Event: from 09:00. Pop up awareness raising stand at York Museum Gardens. NNSS. Registration not required. 
  • Event: from 09:00. Pop up awareness raising stand at Leybourne Lakes, Aylesford, Kent. Turtle Talley. Registration not required
  • Volunteering event: from 10:00. Removing Sour Fig (Hottentot Fig) at Burton Battery, Albecq, Guernsey. The Guernsey Conservation Volunteers. Find out more and register.  
  • Event: All day. Invasive species trail and awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 
  • Event: All day. Invasive species trail. Upper Tamar Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 
  • Event: 10:30-13:00. Invasive species in Merlin Woods. Galway City Council. Booking not required. 

Sunday 26th May 

  • Volunteering event: 09:30-15:30. Floating pennywort removal at Leaside Trust, E5 9HQ. Paddle UK, Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust. Find out more and register
  • Event: 09:30-15:00. Invasive non-native species tour - learn to identify common terrestrial species. Outwood Nature Trail, Bury, Greater Manchester. Angling Trust. Find out more and register
  • Event: from 09:00. Pop up awareness raising stand at Tilgate Park, Crawley, Kent. Turtle Talley. Registration not required.
  • Event: 10:00-15:30. Invasive non-native species event incuding invasive species on display, children's activities and demonstrations. Carsington Water, Derbyshire. Severn Trent. Registration not required. 
  • Event: All day. Invasive species trail and awareness raising pop up stand. Roadford Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 
  • Event: All day. Invasive species trail. Upper Tamar Lake, West Devon. South West Lakes Trust. Booking not required. 

Follow up events 

  • 30th May: Volunteering event: 10:00-15:00. Invasive plant removal. Fairford Leys Centre, Aylesbury. River Thame Conservation Trust. Find out more and register
  • 1st June: Volunteering event: 10:00-15:00. Berkhamsted pennywort paddle and pull. Find out more and register
  • 6th June: Volunteering event: 10:00-15:00. Invasive plant removal. Fairford Leys Centre, Aylesbury. River Thame Conservation Trust. Find out more and register
  • 13th June: Volunteering event: 10:00-15:00. Invasive plant removal. Fairford Leys Centre, Aylesbury. River Thame Conservation Trust. Find out more and register
  • 23rd June: Volunteering event: 10:00-15:00. Invasive plant removal. Fairford Leys Centre, Aylesbury. River Thame Conservation Trust. Find out more and register
  • 27th June: Volunteering event: 10:00-15:00. Invasive plant removal. Fairford Leys Centre, Aylesbury. River Thame Conservation Trust. Find out more and register

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