The Highland Invasive Species Forum defines Invasive Species as those that are not native to the Highlands and damage native biodiversity. Viruses, bacteria, etc, were not considered, as they fall under the remit of animal health and have considerable resources targeted at them.
It was agreed that the group would prioritise action on those non-native species that are most damaging to biodiversity.
The group first met in June 2008 and at this meeting, its aims were agreed to be to:
- bring together the key players and take stock of the situation regarding invasive non-native species in Highland
- raise awareness and spread good practice
- identify any major gaps and prioritise key areas for future work
- and work together to secure new resources and funding.
Invasive Species Group/ Forum Meeting Notes
- See here for the most recent meeting notes
- Highland Invasive Species Forum 7. 9th October 2015
- Highland Invasive Species Forum 6. 26th September 2014 (79k pdf)
- Highland Invasive Species Forum 5. 27th September 2013 (240k pdf)
- Highland Invasive Species Forrum 4. 28th September 2012 (32k pdf)
- Highland Invasive Species Forum 1. 10th February 2009 (126k pdf)
- Highland Invasive Species Group 19th June 2008 (151k pdf)
Notes of Sub Group Meetings
A sub-group was tasked with:
- the compilation of (and keeping up to date) a list of the key invasive species in Highland
- producing a series of awareness raising leaflets on key invasive species in Highland
- development of projects to begin to control the key invasive species identified in Highland.
- HISF sub-group notes - 9th March 2015 (9k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 27th October 2014 (12k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 24th June 2014 (36k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 4th March 2014 (40k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 22nd October 2013 (27k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 3rd June 2013 (42k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 4th March 2013 (31k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes_-_19th_November_2012 (37k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes_-_27th_August_2012 (68k pdf)
- HISF sub-group notes - 24th May 2011 (49k pdf)
- HISF sub-group Action Points - 2nd March 2011 (12k pdf )
- HISF sub-group - 10th November 2010 (36k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 8th June 2010 (34k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 24th February 2010 (100k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 10th November 2009 (75k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 18th August 2009 (77k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 20th May 2009 (79k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 3rd March 2009 (30k pdf)
- HISF sub-group - 19th August 2008 (150k pdf)
Four leaflets raise awareness of some of the key invasive non-native species in Highland. To download these documents click on the links on the right hand side.
- General (290k pdf)
- Knotweed (190k pdf)
- Lower Ness Invasive Non-native Plant Species Project (620k pdf)
- Mink (130k pdf)
- Rhododendron (770k pdf)
Invasive Species Links
Invasive Species in Scotland
- Scottish Government's web pages on invasive species.
- SNH Species Action Framework - Invasive non-native species
- NetRegs: This government site provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. It will help you to understand what you need to do to comply with environmental law and protect the environment. Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam are the invasive weeds that your business is most likely to come into contact with.
- Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International CABI - Japanese Knotweed Alliance.
- Himalayan Balsam control advice PDF download.
- Invasive Plants
- Pond Plants Plantlife's Pond Alert! campaign which highlights the problem of non-native invasive aquatic plants threatening Scotland's native flora and wildlife.
- Pond Alert Leaflet PDF download: Find out which species you should not be using in your garden or community pond and which species would cause fewer problems for our native wildlife. Inform your local garden centre too!
- Problem Plants : Avoid these species for the health of your pond and the wider countryside. Also contains advice on what to do if you already have any of these in your garden.
- Stem injection application - a guide to this relatively new technique
- Lever and Mulch Technique - Two papers on the effectiveness of this Rhododendron management technique.
- Marine Aliens website
- Joint Nature Conservancy Council - Marine Invasive Species