The challenge

Invasive species have been identified as a major driver of biodiversity loss, however we need better information to manage the risks. There are major gaps in baseline knowledge on Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) globally.

Project details

Timescale: July 2022 to March 2025
Lead organisation: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Partner organisation: Joint Services Health Unit

This project is focused on the UK Overseas Terrorities (UKOTs).

INNS inventories will be derived for each UKOT through collation of information from existing sources alongside on-line recording. The information compiled will underpin modelling frameworks, incorporating climate extremes, to predict arrival and spread of INNS and ultimately supporting improved biodiversity indicators and action.

The inventories, consolidated through the Non-Native Species Secretariat, will inform conservation, education, research, and disaster recovery plans in response to climate change.

Work packages (WP)

WP1: Establish non-native species inventories

WP2: Collaboratively prioritise and develop approaches to implement monitoring and surveillance of invasive non-native species

WP3: Pilot modelling approaches to predict spread of invasive non-native species across the UKOTs in extreme weather events

WP4: Capacity sharing and training

View across St Helena

St Helena

Diego Garcia Shoreline

Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory


UKCEH investigators

Stephanie Rorke
Biodiversity Database Manager