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Invasive Species Week 2021

(21 May 2021)

Invasive Species Week runs from Monday 24 May by GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) to raise awareness of invasive species and how everyone can help to prevent their spread. Why not volunteer today to reduce the spread of Himalayan Balsam and if you are boat user, help to reduce the spread by following the check, clean, dry campaign?

We are raising awareness of non-native species and how you can help to reduce the spread. We are working in partnership with the Wear Rivers Trust and our volunteering team to reduce the spread of Himalayan Balsam. Several 'balsam bashing' volunteer opportunities have been arranged and if you wish to be involved, please visit the volunteering website.

You can also play your part, if you are a river user, in the Check, Clean, Dry Campaign to help reduce the spread of INNS. Follow the NNSS guidance available on the website.

It is also good to be aware of the differences between certain invasive species, in particular for Giant Hogweed, as contact with the skin must be avoided as this can cause blisters. Find out more details by visiting the NNSS website.

Throughout the week NNSS have lots of events and activities taking place online or socially distanced. They know that many have been finding solace in nature over the last year, and they will be sharing some simple tips to help you protect the environment. Please visit their website.

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