Who is Involved in Controlling Invasive Species?
There are four organisations which take the lead in dealing with non-native species, depending on the environment in which the species are found; these are:
On Land - Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Freshwater - Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Marine - Marine Scotland
Woodlands - Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS)
SNH is the lead co-ordinating body - in practice this means they are involved in helping to inform on strategy, policy, and developing advice and guidance, where a range of organisations and landowners are working to eradicate non-native species. Local authorities, rivers and fisheries trusts, private land owners, NGOs and volunteer groups are usually involved in taking action.
Scottish Government is responsible for strategic policy and cross-border cooperation.
Biosecurity and INNS
As a number of the invasive non-native plant species are often spread by watercourses, they represent a threat to the flora and fauna of riparian habitats. There are 26 separate River and Fishery Trusts covering Scotland, with the shared aim of conserving and enhancing our freshwater habitats. Information on the work individual Trusts are undertaking against INNS can be found at: http://www.rafts.org.uk/bio-security-and-invasive-non-native-species/
The guidance given on the River Dee can be found here: http://www.riverdee.org.uk/fish-habitat/habitat-access/biosecurity
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We received good news in October 2017, that Scottish Natural Heritage had received a grant of £1.59 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative project (SISI), allowing a control and outreach program to continue throughout the North of Scotland, delivered through 10 fishery boards.
Aberdeenshire Council in partnership with the River Dee Trust, were also successful in securing £140,000 in LEADER funding to employ a part time project officer to help establish a forum to co-ordinate and deliver a control program on the ground. Calum Hislop from the River Dee Trust has been employed to run these project and can be contact on: firstname.lastname@example.org