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Biosecurity e-learning now available


Good Fieldwork Practice: Slowing the Spread of Invasive Non-Native Species

Online training is now available for staff and students at the University of Leeds to learn about reducing the spread of invasive species.

Invasive Non-Native Species cause environmental damage and have huge economic impacts. They also create nuisance and can affect human health.

Activities such as:

  • Monitoring/ surveying
  • Sampling
  • Conservation/habitat management
  • Social research
  • Supervising others

can all cause accidental movement of invasive non-native species. 

The Better Biosecurity e-learning course has been produced by the University of Leeds in collaboration with the Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat, the Environment Agency and Cefas. The aims of this course are:

- To explain what is meant by "Better Biosecurity", why it is important, and how to achieve it

- To provide ways of identifying and reducing risks of spreading invasive non-native species

- To provide evidence of your knowledge of better biosecurity practice by obtaining a Certificate of Completion that can be added to fieldwork risk assessments

To see how you can reduce the spread/introduction of invasive species, search ‘Good Fieldwork Practice’ into ‘Find Organisation’ on the VLE to enrol and take the course.

The e-learning course will also be made available to the public by the 19th September. For more information please contact c.f.shannon1@leeds.ac.uk