This week is Invasive Species Week

From 13 – 17 May, organisations across Britain are taking part in Invasive Species Week to raise awareness of invasive species and their impacts on us all. Anyone working in the field is likely to have encountered invasive species, but may not realise how easily they could be helping to spread them.

Around 2,000 non-native plants and animals from all over the world have been introduced to Britain by people, and the number is increasing each year. Most are harmless but 10-15% have become invasive and have a negative impact on our environment, cost the British economy over £1.7 billion a year, and can even harm our health and way of life. Once established they are extremely difficult to manage and the damage they cause is usually irreversible.

Find out more about Invasive Species Week and what you can do to help reduce species spread