Invasive Non-Native Species cause environmental damage and have huge economic impacts within Europe. They also create nuisance and can affect human health. Activities such as monitoring/surveying, sampling, conservation & habitat management, social research and supervising others can all cause accidental movement of invasive non-native species.

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to protect against harmful spread of pests and diseases. Better Biosecurity is concerned with how we can slow the spread of invasive non-native species in our environment.

This course centres on good practice and is aimed at anyone who is undertaking fieldwork or involved in industry, agriculture, trade, site surveys, environmental concerns, or recreation. The scenarios and INNS described in this course occur in the UK, however better biosecurity practice can benefit everyone, no matter where they are located globally.

Course Topics:

In this self-paced course you will learn to identify risks of spreading INNS and understand what biosecurity risks are, why they are important and how they can be reduced. When you finish this course you will receive a Certificate of Completion that may be included in your fieldwork or other risk assessments. The topics include:

  • Why is Biosecurity So Important?
  • Preparation
  • Check-Clean-Dry
  • 10 Question Multiple-Choice Quiz

The Faculty of Biological Sciences

The Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds is a vibrant and thriving teaching and research environment. With 2,400 students from around the globe and 110 academic staff we have a large community that contribute to our world-leading output.

The Faculty has a proven track record for producing internationally renowned research. Our rating of 6th in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) establishes our place amongst the elite for bioscience research in the UK. In addition, over 80% of the biological research at Leeds has a top quality rating of either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This reputation is further enhanced by our £53 million research portfolio that is carried out by our hugely talented team of researchers including 150 post-doctoral researchers and over 200 research students.


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