Category Archives: invasive non-native species

Dingwall Bay Spartina control

Over the past few years, RSPB, with funding from NatureScot, has been successfully controlling the invasive Spartina cord-grass from the Dingwall Bay area, helping to improve the condition of the sensitive coastal habitats, and in turn improve opportunities for the … Continue reading

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#YCW2020 A Day in the Life – Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) Project Officer James Symonds

During the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, we’ve been joining NatureScot staff and partners working along our shorelines and watery places to gain an insight into the important and varied work they do. This month we hear from SISI … Continue reading

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Natural born killers – biocontrol of invasive non-native plants in Scotland

Biological control is the use of living organisms to help control pest populations. In this post Marion Seier, Senior Plant Pathologist at CABI (Centre for Agriculture & Bioscience International), describes the work being carried out by CABI’s Invasive Species group … Continue reading

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Assessing the damage of the Tay Reedbeds blaze

The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative is tackling invasive species in the north of Scotland – led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and funded by SNH and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  Here one of the project team – Mark Purrmann-Charles … Continue reading

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Buttery Business – the challenge of the invasive White Butterbur

The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative is tackling invasive species in the north of Scotland, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and funded by SNH and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  Here one of the project team – James Symonds – … Continue reading

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Helping Orkney’s Native Wildlife Thrive

The Orkney Islands, just off the north east coast of Scotland, are home to priceless natural heritage and it’s this unique environment that the Orkney Native Wildlife Project protects. Although the combined land area of the 70 islands is less … Continue reading

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Beautiful but deadly – the plant with a dark side

Rhododendron may appear beautiful – but one type of this impressive looking plant is posing a deadly threat to Scotland’s rainforest plants and lichens. Rhododendron ponticum, a majestic shrub with its early summer explosions of bright pink blooms, is a … Continue reading

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Invasive Species Week….and Beyond

This week is national Invasive Species Week. Today’s blog, a collaboration between SNH and the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI), takes a look at invasive non-native species living on our riverbanks and lochsides, and explains the control methods used to … Continue reading

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How should you manage giant rhubarb in your garden?

Have you got giant rhubarb in your garden? A European-wide ban on the sale of this invasive non-native plant comes into force today. If you already have the plant, also known as Gunnera tinctoria, in your garden you can keep … Continue reading

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Exotic pets can be a danger to native wildlife

Pets that are released, or escape, into the wild can be a danger to our native wildlife. The European Union has placed some of the worst offenders a list of invasive alien species of concern. Stan Whitaker, our non-native species … Continue reading

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