Hosted by South West Water and South West Lakes, the South West Invasive Species Forum is an annual gathering of individuals and organisations in the region with an interest in preventing the spread of invasive non-native species (INNS). 

This year it will be held in person for the first time since 2019. 

There will be a national update by the GB Non Native Species Secretariat, and a talk on the impact climate change may have on invasive non-native species in the South West by the Environment Agency. We will be introducing the new Pathway Action Plans on angling, boating and water craft for South West Water, Bristol Water and Wessex Water on reservoirs, and looking at the role of volunteers and Site Guardians as part of the South West AQUA Biosecurity pilot project. There will also be updates from invasive species groups all around the region. 

The afternoon session will include demonstrations of the new Roadford Lake boat wash-down facility and another very exciting demonstration of training dogs to detect invasive species. 

This is a great way to learn more about invasive species in the South West and meet key people. Lunch is also provided - book below for this free event.   

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