Check, Clean, Dry

Help stop the spread of non-native invasive freshwater plants and animals in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Invasive species can have a damaging impact on native 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.

Help stop this happening by following three simple steps when you leave the water 

Check, Clean, Dry & Stop The Spread

•  Check your equipment and clothing for living organisms
• Pay particular attention to areas that are damp or hard to inspect
Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly
If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them
Dry all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions
Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere


Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland