"What's the risk?
Invasive species can have a damaging impact on British plants, animals and ecosystems - by spreading disease, competing for habitat and food and direct predation.
Plants that grow profusely can block waterways while some animals can damage riverbanks , so they also affect economic uses of our environment and add significant management costs.
As a water user, you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing." (RYA - Invasive Species Week)
Please take care if travelling between sailing venues to ensure you are not also helping invasive species move between venues as well. Take time to thoughily wash and inspect all your equipment and boat.
Further information on invasive species can be found at: