Front page photo: Trachemys scripta by Henrik Bringsøe
The European Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS) is a gateway to information on alien and invasive species in North and Central Europe.

Regional portal on invasive alien species

NOBANIS covers marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments and provides: 

  • A distributed but integrated database on introduced species in the region
  • Fact sheets on many of the most invasive aliens
  • A catalogue of the regulation relevant to invasive species in participating countries
  • A photo bank of alien species
  • A marine key to identify invasive species in Nordic waters
  • A catalogue of regional databases
  • Connections to regional and global networks and projects of invasive aliens species


New Species Alerts

Laonome sp

A new alien polychaete species has been found at very high densities in the Pärnu Bay area of the Baltic Sea in Estonia.


Golden jackal

Canis aureus, registered for the first time in Biebrzański Park Narodowy, Poland.


What's new in Invasive Alien Species world?

Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain

This detailed, bright and attractive field guide will enable readers to identify invasive non-native species from terrestrial and freshwater habitats across Britain using photos, range maps and comprehensive descriptions. Comparisons of similar species, hints for year-round identification and alternative names will assist a range of interested individuals, from naturalists, environmental professionals and even ecologically-minded gardeners to accurately distinguish species and their status, habitat and impacts. The helpful and logical layout also presents other interesting information including native range, how species were initially spread and photos illustrating key behavioural characteristics. With clear language and a brief summary of field and recording techniques and glossary this guide also offers assistance for novices to develop their skills in these areas. The authors are professional ecologists and invasive species specialists and have largely used recent primary sources for this publication. It is a good tool for the amateur naturalist looking for identification guide as well as for land managers and ecologists who focus on invasive alien species.

Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain
Olaf Booy, Max Wade and Helen Roy
Bloomsbury 2015
ISBN PB 978-1408-1-2318-8
304 pages
Over 1000 full-colour photographs, 150 maps and line illustrations.  

 /Sally Thorsteinsson/


Current activities

NOBANIS projects

The present report contributes to the fulfilment of obligations in the Aichi target 9 under CBD and the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 target 5.

NOBANIS Newsletters

Read the latest issue of the NOBANIS newsletter



News 2016

17 October 2016

NOBANIS secretariat now in Iceland

Written by: pawel.wasowicz

News 2015

02 June 2015

Data on alien invasive species from Slovakia is now available online

Written by: maya.caspersen

News 2015

03 March 2015

New photos of alien species is now available in the photo bank

Written by: maya.caspersen

News 2015

23 February 2015

Data on alien invasive species from Belarus is now available online

Written by: maya.caspersen

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Conference on Arctic Marine Resource Governance 14-16 October 2015

27 February 2015

The conference is part of the project: Marine Resource Governance in the Arctic, financially supported by Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme, the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Carlsberg Foundation.

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Try also

Marine identification key

Try our identification key to marine invasive species in Nordic waters