Survey Information

You are being invited to participate in a research study titled Paddler's Activities and Invasive Non-Native Species being run by Stephanie Bradbeer from the University of Leeds. 

The purpose of this research study is to investigate UK paddler behaviour, awareness of invasive non-native species and perceptions and barriers to biosecurity. Invasive non-native species are animals and plants that are introduced to an environment outside of their native range with associated impacts in their introduced range. Biosecurity is proactive measures to prevent accidental spread of invasive non-native species.

The survey is for individuals aged 18 and over and will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous, and questions do not allow individual participants to be identified. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw from completing the survey at any time by closing the window browser. The survey has eight sections and you cannot go back to a section once it has been completed. Responses shall only be recorded when the survey is submitted. As the survey has no personal identifying information, your data cannot be removed from the data set after survey completion. 

We would like you to consider your activities before the COVID-19 lockdown/restrictions when responding to this survey. 

Data shall be collected and stored on the Online Survey database and fully encrypted on the University of Leeds system. We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a data breach is always possible. To the best of our ability your participation in this study will remain confidential, and only anonymised data will be published. Raw data will be destroyed after 10 years. Further information is available via University of Leeds Privacy Notice. This survey was approved by the University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences Research Ethics Committee (LTSBIO-023).

For further information about this survey please contact the lead researcher Stephanie Bradbeer via email:

By continuing with this survey, you consent to take part in the study as described above. 

If you submit your answers you will not be able to return to this page.