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Invasive Species Week at Leeds University

27th - 31st March 2017

Mar 20, 2017

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are any non-native animal or plant that has the ability to spread causing damage to the environment, the economy, our health and the way we live. INNS can have a damaging impact on British plants, animals and ecosystems - by spreading disease, competing for habitat and food and direct predation.

As an environment user, you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body or field to another in equipment, shoes and clothing. Biosecurity is about reducing the risk of introducing or spreading invasive non-native species (and other harmful organisms such as diseases) in the wild.

In 2015, the Non-Native Species Secretariat and Defra launched the first Invasive Species Week, bringing together a range of organisations to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and inspire people to #GetINNSvolved and stop the spread.

Invasive Species Week 2017 is coming!

how can I take part? (#GetINNSvolved)


Everyone can help to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species!

Find out more about invasive non-native species and their impacts

Check Clean Dry - If you take part in outdoor activities around water find out following how three simple steps can reduce the risk of spreading invasive aquatic species

Be Plant Wise - Learn why it's so important to manage your pond plants to prevent them taking over your pond or causing problems in the wild

Volunteer with a Local Action Group -Learn how to identify and record invasive non-native species.

e-Learning - You can even take free online training available on the VLE or here:

Follow #InvasivesWeek on Twitter from the 27 March for more info and events – for more information visit the GBNNSS here:

Tell your friends!