The second NE Invasive Non-Native Species annual forum will take place on Wednesday the 27th of March at the Kintore Arms Hotel in Inverurie from 10am-3pm.

We have an exciting programme planned for the day which will include:-

  • updates on the activities of the various projects to control invasive species;
  • what you need to know about the new SEPA Regulations on spraying adjacent to watercourses;
  • James Symonds, SISI Officer for the Spey on the outcome of trial being carried out on the River Fiddich to control White Butterbur; and
  • a talk by Xavier Lambin from Aberdeen University on achieving large scale, long term mink control in northern Scotland despite short term funding.

Tea and coffee and lunch will be provided.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone else who might be interested. 

We have a limited number of places available so please contact to book your place and let us know of any dietary requirements.


The 28th of March 2018 marked the launch the North East Non-Native Invasive Species Forum (click for the agenda). This was made possible by Aberdeenshire Council and The River Dee Trust working in partnership to secure £140,000 in Leader funding. Over the next three years, the forum will act to co-ordinate and enable the delivery of control works on the ground. 




The presentations from the first forum meeting are available below:


North East Non-Native Invasive Species Project - Judith Cox, Aberdeenshire Council

NE INNS Project - Calum Hislop, River Dee Trust

Legal Framework of INNS - Stan Whitaker, SNH

SISI Project update - Callum Sinclair, SNH 

North American Skunk Cabbage - Calum Hislop, River Dee Trust

Pirri Pirri Burr - Daryl Short, SNH Forvie Nature Reserve

River Deveron Giant Hogweed - Ritchie Miller, Deveron, Bogie & Isla Rivers Trust

Red Squirrel - Gwen Maggs, Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels

Pacific Pink Salmon - Lorraine Hawkins, River Dee Trust