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Last edited: Apr 13, 2022, 11:52 AM

Invasive non-native species are one of the top five drivers of global biodiversity loss, cost the GB economy over £1.7 billion a year and can even harm our health. Help us to protect our environment and wildlife for future generations to enjoy by taking part in Invasive Species Week!

Last year over 250 organisations took part, if your organisation would like to join us in 2022 we’ve put together some ideas below. Please let us know your plans so we can add them to our events page (coming soon!)

 

Each day we'll be focusing on a key theme:

  • Monday - introduction to the week and invasive species impacts on the terrestrial environment (countryside)
  • Tuesday - impacts on the freshwater environment
  • Wednesday - impacts on the marine environment
  • Thursday - impacts on people and the urban environment
  • Friday - biosecurity: what does this mean, and what can people and organisations do to improve their biosecurity?
  • Saturday and Sunday events and activities to take part in

Remember to use #INNSweek in your social media posts. 

Event ideas

  • Give a talk about invasive species and how to prevent their spread. If you’d rather watch a talk stay tuned for details of our webinar series.
  • Create an awareness raising display in your office, classroom, clubhouse etc. Download a poster (PDF) and free awareness raising materials below.
  • If you work or volunteer outdoors, book in a training session on biosecurity, identification or recording for your team. Find free online training here.
  • Arrange a corporate volunteering day for your team - contact a Local Action Group near you to get involved in managing non-native plants.
  • Hold a baking competition – download some ID materials on priority species and ask your colleagues to have a go at recreating them in cake form!
  • Share Be Plant Wise materials with your family and friends, or even a local garden centre to encourage gardeners to dispose of plants responsibly and avoid them spreading into the wild.
  • Arrange a Check Clean Dry demonstration at your angling / paddling / sailing club to show how easy it is to keep your kit free of invasive species.
  • Put together a trail or hold tours for visitors highlighting all the invasive non-native species in your collection, any native species that are impacted by them, and any stories about how they were introduced and the impacts they could have on the environment.
  • Run a competition or quiz to design an invasive species.
  • Arrange a lunchtime walk with others to look out for common invasive species near you.
  • Create a display with information on invasive species and how everyone can help to prevent their spread
  • Contact local media to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and your work.
  • Enlist any celebrities you know to support Invasive Species Week!

Online activities

If you aren’t able to do any of the activities above you can still play an important role by raising awareness online! Remember to use #INNSweek in your social media posts. Let your colleagues, visitors, volunteers, classmates know that Invasive Species Week is happening and encourage them to take part:

 

  • Include articles in your newsletter, website, blog, membership magazine, mailing list. We'll be adding some key facts here to help you soon. Think about which species are most relevant to you and the audience you’re trying to reach, local or business issues are more likely to get their attention.
  • Share information on social media. During Invasive Species Week follow @InvasiveSp (external link) on Twitter, retweet posts and create additional posts of your own if you can. Remember to use #INNSweek in any posts on social media. Each day we'll be focusing on a key theme, find details above.
  • If you work or volunteer outdoors, book in a training session on biosecurity, identification or recording for your team. Find free online training below.
  • Arrange a webinar with a talk about invasive species and how to prevent their spread. If you’d rather watch a talk stay tuned for details of our webinar series.
  • Livestream from the field or film a survey to show which non-native species are likely to be seen on a walk.
  • Put together a virtual tour for visitors highlighting all the invasive non-native species in your collection, any native species that are impacted by them, and any stories about how they were introduced and the impacts they could have on the environment.
  • Run a competition or quiz to design an invasive species.
  • Enlist any celebrities you know to support Invasive Species Week!

Useful resources

Other resources:

Contact us to order free copies.

Museums / botanic gardens / zoos / outdoor sites

  • Put together a trail or hold tours (virtual or online) for visitors highlighting all the invasive non-native species in your collection, any native species that are impacted by them, and any stories about how they were introduced and the impacts they could have on the environment.

Environmental charities and Local Action Groups

  • Run a volunteering day to remove non-native plants (balsam bashing for example!)
  • Livestream or video a survey to show which non-native species are likely to be seen on a walk.
  • Contact local media to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and your work.

Schools / youth groups

  • Run a competition or quiz to design an invasive species.
  • Hold a baking competition to make invasive species cakes!
  • Learn about common invasive species near you and go on a hunt to see if you can spot them!
  • Create a display for your classroom with information on invasive species and how everyone can help to prevent their spread.