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Schools and universities

Invasive non-native species are one of the top threats to global biodiversity, cost the economy almost £2 billion a year, and can even impact on our health and the way we live. Their impacts affect us all, and we can all help to prevent their spread.

Below are free resources designed to educate young people about this issue.

Educational materials

Online training

Older students can take free e-learning on non-native species (external link). Available modules include:

  • An introduction to non-native species
  • Identification and recording
  • Identification of key freshwater plants
  • Identification of key freshwater invertebrates
  • Identification of key riparian plants
  • biosecurity

Identification and recording


  • Free e-learning on biosecurity for anyone carrying out academic field work.
  • Guidance on practising biosecurity in the field

When carrying out fieldwork in the aquatic environment, remember to Check Clean Dry after leaving the water to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species.