Who is Involved in Controlling Invasive Species?

Organisations

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

 

Planning an event?

Ensure your event prevents the introduction and spread of invasives by using biosecurity measures. This Support Pack and Risk Assessment can help with your planning and event guidelines.

 

What's been happening on the River Dee?

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/news/2016/tackling-non-native-invasives

  • c/o James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH
  • T: 01224 395141
  • E: info@theriverdee.org