Invasive Species Week 2024

Raising awareness of Northern Ireland’s invasive species

20th – 26th May 2024


Invasive non-native species are one of the top five drivers of global biodiversity loss and cost the Northern Ireland economy approximately £150 million a year and can even harm our health. Help us to protect our environment and wildlife by taking part in Invasive Species Week!

Last year over 260 organisations took part – if you or your organisation would like to join us in 2024, we’ve put together a list of daily themes and some event ideas for you to use.

Please let us know your plans by getting in touch via invasivespecies@daera-ni.gov.uk so we can add them to our events page.


Daily Themes

  • You can follow our daily themes for communications activities, or use your own: 
    • Monday – what are invasive non-native species (INNS)? It’s important to be clear about the difference between non-native and invasive non-native species.
    • Tuesday – How are they spread? Are there activities that you or your audience are involved in that are a particular risk?
    • Wednesday – Why are they a problem? How do they affect your local environment, sport, industry etc? We’ll also be looking at the links between INNS and climate change / biodiversity loss. 
    • Thursday – What is being done to prevent this? This is an opportunity to share what your organisation is already doing or what you plan to do in future. 
    • Friday – What can I do? What could your audience, staff, or members do to help? (See our five things that everyone can do for inspiration)
    • Saturday and Sunday – Activities to get involved in. Could you host an event? (See our list of ideas to help)

Social media details

Hashtags:#INNSweek or #getINNSvolved.

Facebook: Invasive Species Northern Ireland X: @InvasNI


What’s on

Monday 20th May

  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. Introduction to Invasive Species Week. With Professor Helen Roy (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Lucy Cornwell (NNSS). Find out more and register to attend.

Tuesday 21st May

Wednesday 22nd May

  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. Non-native Species Inspectorate update. With Courtney Graham and Zoe Golding, Non-native Species Inspectorate, APHA. Find out more and register to attend.
  • Lough Erne Landscape Partnership Webinar: 19:00-20:30. An introduction to Invasive Species in Northern Ireland. In Partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. Find out more and register to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 23rd May

  • NNSS webinar: 15:00-16:00. Invasive non-native species impacts and response on the island of Anguilla. With Anguilla Government and Anguilla National Trust. Find out more and register to attend.

Friday 24th May

  • Volunteer event: 11:00-13:30. NIEA & ABC Borough Council Balsam Bash at Oxford Island Nature Reserve. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book your place contact invasivespecies@daera-ni.gov.uk. Click here for more details.
  • NNSS webinar: 13:00-13:45. Supporting local action on invasive non-native species: INNS Mapper and the Floating Pennywort Strategy. With Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency. Find out more and register to attend.
Invasive Species Northern Ireland

Invasive Species Northern Ireland