Our Invasive Species Officer, Laura Dee, has organised a trail to raise awareness of the issues surrounding invasive species as well as letting you know what you can do to help the spread as part of Invasive Species Week 2024.

Follow the trail to learn facts about invasive non-native species found in the UK. There are eight letters to uncover which can be found on the plaques you will pass along the trail. Each plaque is numbered on the front and the letter you are looking for is on the back. Be sure to put the plaque back where you found it so others can find it too!

Chose from one of two trails at Roadford or Upper Tamar Lake taking place all weekend on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May. Pick up your activity sheet from the café on the day and head out following the start sign near the footpath by the lake. 

Once you have found all 8 plaques make sure to enter our prize draw by emailing the word you've uncovered along the way to [email protected]

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Invasive species Week 2024, beginning on Monday 20 May, is a joint initiative led by the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat. Working in partnership with South West Water, we will be delivering a series of events and activities at various lakes to raise awareness of the impacts of invasive species and how visitors to the lakes can help prevent their introduction and spread.

Approximately 2000 non-native plants and animals from all over the world have been introduced to the UK by people. Most non-native species are harmless, but approximately 10-15% have become invasive, having a negative impact on our environment, economy (costing the UK economy at least £1.8 billion a year), and even our health and way of life. Invasive species can also interfere with recreational activities: for example, invasive aquatic plants block waterways, preventing anglers, boaters and paddlers from using them.

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