Invasive species can spread accidentally through natural transport routes such as rivers, wind, animal migration as well as through human transportation such as boats and footwear, therefore it is important to follow good biosecurity controls to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading invasive non-native species (and other harmful organisms such as diseases) in the wild it.
They can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread on damp equipment and clothing. You can help to protect the environment and activities you enjoy by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals using simple method:
- Check your equipment, boat, and clothing after leaving the water for mud, aquatic animals or plant material. Remove anything you find and leave it at the site.
- Clean everything thoroughly as soon as you can, paying attention to areas that are damp or hard to access. Use hot water if possible.
- Dry everything for as long as you can before using elsewhere as some invasive plants and animals can survive for over two weeks in damp conditions.
To find out more check out the check clean and dry campaign here http://www.nonnativespecies.org//checkcleandry/index.cfm?
Help stop the spread of invasive species on our land and in our water!